Northern Open Classic 2013

For the 4th year running, Wado UK took competitors to the Northern Open Championships in Leigh. Although rather a depleted squad on this occasion, it didn't prevent the young trio of Oliver Dearing and Charlotte Pinder of the East Hull Woodford Dojo, and Ellis Miller of the Hull Zanshin Dojo bringing home five medals between them.

Ellis, Charlotte and Oliver are seen below with their clutch of medals

The Kata categories had all three in action, although Charlotte and Oliver were actually in the same category. This situation certainly meant they couldn't both win Gold, but the pair did go on to win both the gold and silver medals for this age group. A very pleasing result.
Ellis did win through his first round in his kata section, but unfortunately lost his next match so exited at that point.

The group did form an, on the day team, despite the fact they had never practiced as such. They did a pretty good performance of Pinan Nidan which was to see them positioned in the bronze medal position.

The kumite sections were of course all separate because of their ages and gender. Here we were to get two further medals, with Charlotte winning all of her fights by maximum points to take an extremely well deserved gold medal!

Ellis was to battle hard throughout his matches, although on occasions making life difficult for himself. Never the less he also managed a podium finish, sitting comfortably in the bronze medal position by the close of play.

Oliver perhaps suffered the most in his draw, being straight up against an old adversary. His opponent was from CEK of Scotland, and although Oliver beat the same lad in our team event at our East Yorkshire Championships last year, Oliver was well aware of his talents as he had lost to him previously also. The Scott on this occasion coming out on top again, but giving Oliver a target of evening the score the next time they meet.

It was a great performance for the small squad, and one they should be proud of. Thank you to the parents for their continued commitment and support.


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