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Karate champion and former St Joseph’s High School pupil Grace Baron has organised and run a series of self-defence sessions for female SJR students.  The six week course was designed specifically for women and included skill building and role play.

Grace is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and is a Karate instructor for Red Tigers Karate.  She teaches at both Our Lady’s in Aspull and St Marie’s in Standish working her way up from being a cadet leader, an assistant and is now an instructor.

Highlights of her career so far include 2014 selection for JKS England kata and kumite teams, and in 2016 attended the JKS World championships in Glasgow taking bronze in kumite, silver in individual kata, gold in team kumite and individual gold in Koten kata.  At the JKS European Championships in 2017 she achieved bronze in individual kumite, gold in team kata and gold in the individual kata.

Later this year Grace will join up with the England team aspiring towards the 2026 commonwealth games (expected to be in Australia).

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication at college. Your sessions have helped and inspired your peers! Congratulations on all your achievements – we can’t wait to find out about your future success!


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