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Sensei Julie Nicholson - 6th Dan

Julie was born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear on the 12th November 1964.

She began her Karate training in January 1975 at the Sendai Karate Club in the YMCA Sunderland under the guidance of Sensei John Holdsworth and Sensei Jeff Barwick. She started training with her father Tommy, who mentioned that he was going to start Karate, Julie did not have a clue what it was but thought that it sounded good and asked if she could join as well. Julie was 9 years old at the time but had to wait until she was 10 before being allowed to join the Dojo- the demand being so high that there was a 4 months waiting list.

Julie began competing in 1976 and was a member of the KUGB national Squad from 1983 until she retired in 2000. During her time on the Squad Julie achieved many successes including 1st place in the Ladies individual Kata in the World Shotokan Karate Championships in 1999. However her championship highlight came in 2001 when she finally achieved her dream which was the first woman to become Grand Champion, winning both the Kata and Kumite events at the KUGB National Championships. As a result of this Julie also became the first woman to be presented with the Wilkinson sword as the most outstanding competitor. She was also the first woman to become Grand Champion at the KUGB Shotokan Cup in 1999. Julie was an outstanding competitor and very well respected by Sensei's Enoeda and Sherry.

Julie and her husband John Holdsworth now run the Ronin Karate at Washington Leisure Centre which is very successful and has produced many high level students.

Sensei Enoeda was a major influence on Julie's Karate, she spent 17 years as a KUGB Squad Member and his instruction and guidance contributed to her many tournament successes.