It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Willow Tree Karate in Newcastle is closing it’s doors, at least for the time being. Our Sensei and club founder, Charlotte Dean, is moving to London to start a new chapter of her life. In time, she hopes to start Willow Tree down there, and the club may be back in Newcastle when Senpai gets her Dan grade and teaching certificate!
We go out on a high. The week of Charlotte’s departure saw one final grading event and all three students from Willow Tree who went forward for grading were successful, including the club’s first 3rd Kyu, or brown belt.
All of us at Willow Tree Karate would like to thank Sensei Dean for her hard work and dedication over the past three years. A remarkable woman who has changed so many lives for the better. Oos, kanpai, and Tora Tora!