Tobi Ishi Kai Championships 2011

2011 got off to an early start for Wado UK, as 6 of its members entered the Tobi Ishi Kai Karate Championships on the 23rd January. They returned home with a total of 6 medals from the Kata, Kick-Master and Kumite divisions. Woodford Dojo members Joe Munro, Harry Oetegenn, Ragen Allitt and Charlotte Pinder were joined by Thomas Balaam-Reed and Briane Goff from the Chikara Dojo. This was the second year running we had attended this competition and despite the long drive to Worcester for a 9.15 start, everyone arrived in good spirits.
The first medals of the day were to come in the Kata categories, where Charlotte Pinder showed her usual strength and determination, winning all her four matches and only dropping one judges flag along the way. This was enough to win the gold medal for Charlotte, which she would later consolidate with a silver in the Kick-Master section. Ragen Allitt won a bronze medal in the same Kata section as Charlotte, where he showed real determination in his performances. Although a little stiff in his legs and therefore through his stances, Ragen gave 100% effort and deserved his bronze reward.
Further Kata success went to Thomas Balaam-Reed with a silver after an impressive performance of Seishan and Briane Goff, who managed to add a bronze to the days tally.
Joe Munro and Harry Oetegenn would take the only Kumite medal of the day, where they took bronze in the 13-15 yrs boys team section, despite only having two competitors.
A pleasing set of results for the first competition of the year and a good base to work from for the rest of the year. Thanks must also go to Steve Balaam-Reed and Allison Munro for their coaching duties on the day.


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