English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Championships. 2014.

On Sunday 26th January, Wado UK attended the English Karate Federation’s first event of the year, its Kyu Grade Championships in Sheffield. 4 of our clubs were in attendance, The East Hull Woodford Dojo, the Chikara Dojo, the Shinken Dojo, and the Hull Zanshin Dojo. We had an excellent response to the competition, despite it being so early in the year. Paul Braid and Steve Balaam-Reed looked after all of the coaching on the day, and considering there were 8 tatami's in operation they had a tough job on their hands. Never the less they did an excellent job in the circumstances.

Our group won several medals for their efforts, unfortunately we fell just short of having National Champions on several occasions, losing out in no fewer than 4 finals. That said our silver medallists should be proud of their excellent achievements. Particularly Amrit Dhesi who won 2 silver medals in his enormous kata and Kumite sections.

Our other silver medal winners were Josh Hartery in his kumite section, and Olivia Ashworth in her kumite section also. Olivia was to add to this with a bronze medal in her kata section too. Wado UK also won a further two bronze medals, and they were secured by Jordan Taylor in his Kumite section, and Joel Edgar in his kata division.

This should be considered an excellent start to our 2014 competition programme, and a good base from which to work from. Well done to all our competitors, medallists or not, and we will now regroup for the Chojinkai Junior Championships in March.



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