British Karate Federation International Open 2012

Over the weekend of 6th-7th October 2012, the British Karate Federation held their final International Open at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. In actual fact, Kelvin Hall closed its doors for the final time following these championships. Future editions of this competition and in fact any other event held in Glasgow, will be held at the newly developed international sports centre. Named after sir Chris Hoy, OBE.

Wado UK took a very small squad to this event, and it turned out to be the youngsters who returned home with the medals. The best of these was to go to Amie Newton of the Shinken Dojo. Amie took the gold medal in her children's Kata section at age 10 years. This result would later grab the attention of our local media back home, where the newspapers and regional news programmes began to draw parallels with elder sister Jess Newton. Amie not only appeared in the local press, but Look North also wanted their program to cover the story too. Amie it has to be said, looked rather more comfortable in front of the camera than Paul Braid her instructor did! Well done Amie on the medal success.



The second and final medal would be a silver which was won by Brandon Greenwood. Brandon secured his success in the children's 7-9 years age group Kata section. Managing to progress well through the rounds, Brandon came up against a strong opponent in the final. His performance was a very good one here, but the other finalist managed to tip the scales with the judges, by winning 3 flags to 2. Another good performance though earned him a respectable silver medal.

It is pleasing to see our juniors achieving success at this level of competition. Keep up the hard work guys!
Brandon is seen here with his medal, and younger brother Hayden showing off his medal of participation.


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