Wado UK News 2010


Probably the last event and perhaps news entry on the website for 2010 is the addition of our Wado UK Presentation Evening. On the 10th December members once again met et the John McCarthy suite at the Hull University, for a night of celebrations. The night was once again a tremendous success and a full report can be seen by clicking (Here)

Pictured above is St Nicholas Dojo Instructor Sensei Jim Dunn, with an antique samurai sword presented to him at his dojo to celebrate his 60th birthday. The gift was presented by students and parents from the St Nicholas Dojo, following Jim's birthday on the 3rd December

Our fundraising Bag-Packers were in action again on the 6th December. The group met once again at the Iceland Store in the NorthPoint shopping centre on Bransholme and packed bags for shoppers from 10am-4pm. It was a really busy day but well worth the effort, with a fantastic £530.75 being raised. The funds are to go toward a bus trip which is planned for the 6th March which will be to the Chojinkai Junior Karate Championships in Penrith Cumbria. Anyone who would like to go on this trip should register their interest with Tony Dent as soon as possible. All places will be on a strictly first come first served basis, with more concise details being posted on the dates page as soon as we have costed the trip.
We would like to thank all of our Bag-Packers for giving up their Saturday and to all the parents for their delivery of children to the event. The youngsters who gave help on the day were;
Bethany and Emily Holmes, Charlotte Pinder, Jessica Bates, Oliver Dearing, Amber Oetegenn, Ragen Allitt, Joe and Amy Rose and Joe Munro. The adult supervision was given by Joanne Bates and Gaynor,Tony and Stevie Dent. Oncce again a big thank you must go to the event organiser, Allison Munro.
A prize of a box of chocolates was offered to the person with the nearest guess to the amount raised on the day. Below is a list of those who took part and their guesses and results.........

Position Name Guess Difference
1st Ragen Allitt  £  516.32  £    14.43
2nd Stevie Dent  £  497.43  £    33.32
3rd Oliver Dearing  £  467.00  £    63.75
4th Bethany Holmes  £  600.00 -£    69.25
5th Emily Holmes  £  610.50 -£    79.75
6th Jessica Bates  £  625.25 -£    94.50
7th Amber Oetegenn  £  650.00 -£ 119.25
8th Joe Munro  £  410.17  £  120.58
9th Charlotte Pinder  £  675.72 -£ 144.97
10th Amy Rose  £  710.50 -£ 179.75
11th Joe Rose  £  768.73 -£ 237.98

Photos from the photography company (Photos 4 U) who covered our 2nd Hull & East Yorkshire Open Karate Championships have now been uploaded to their website and can be viewed by (Clicking Here)

Click here for the December Newsletter


(Click here) for the gallery page of the 2nd Hull & East Yorkshire Open Karate Championships

Pictured above is Sensei Patrick Duffy at a masters seminar in San Diego. Patrick Duffy is an affiliate member of Wado UK

Click here for the November newsletter

October 2010

On the last day of October, Wado UK held its 2nd Hull & East Yorkshire Open Karate Championships. The competition took place at the Ennerdale leisure Centre in Hull and Wado UK member clubs were in attendance at the event. For a list of results for the day, (Click Here)

On the 10th October 2010, four wado UK Kata competitors took part in the Mushindo Kata Championships in Cheslyn Hay. Matthew March, Harry Oetegenn, Joe Munro and Joe Rose all had success at the event. (Click Here) to read a report on the competition.

Joe Munro of the Woodford Dojo was in the medals again on the 3rd October, at the BIKO Championships in London. Joe was taking part in the points scoring method of Kata competition, as well as the Kumite section for his age. (Click Here) to see how he got on.

Barry Meanwell from the Woodford Dojo was in action in Dublin on the 2nd October. The event was a Grand Slam competition which included all of the home nations. A full report on his first taste of being an English International can be seen by clicking on the photo to the right.

The English Karate Federation held the latest of it's squad sessions on the 2nd October. Three Wado UK Athletes were there, Ashleigh Clarkson and Jessica Newton from the ShinKen Dojo along with Joe Munro from the Woodford Dojo. On this occasion all athletes had to complete their fitness tests, with a further test set for February of 2011.

Click here for the October Newsletter

September 2010

Former world champion Paul Newby visited Wado UK recently, when the Woodford Dojo invited him to run a Kumite master class at the Woodford Sports Centre. Around 50 invites were sent out to attend the class and a packed dojo lead to a fantastic atmosphere. (Click Here) for a full report.

Another two Wado UK athletes have been invited to train with the EKF National Squad. Joe Munro from the Woodford Dojo along with Ashleigh Clarkson of the ShinKen Dojo, were invited back to train with the squad after showing promise at the recent open training session in Barnsley.

11th/12th September saw Scotland play host for the British Karate Federation Championships. Edinburgh's Meadowbank Sports Stadium was the venue once again, with the Scottish Karate Federation organising the event and providing all the hospitality.
Wado UK had several competitors at the event and they returned home with a Silver medal and two Bronze Medals. (Click Here) to read a full report on the weekend.

For one Wado UK member, September has got off to a fantastic start. Barry Meanwell has moved from EKF 'A' Squad Member to full International following his selection to compete in Dublin on October 2nd. Barry will be part of a senior men's team representing the English Karate Federation, when Sensei Wayne Otto OBE takes a squad to the Irish capital.

We will be sure to keep the website updated with further details and Barry's progress on competition weekend!


Barry is pictured right with Sensei Wayne Otto OBE, National Squad Coach.


Click here for the September Newsletter

August 2010

August kicked off immediately, with the first event being the 3rd South Yorkshire Open on the 1st of the month. Wado UK sent 28 competitors covering Kata and Kumite, with both adult and junior entries. A full report on how everyone got on will be posted here soon.

Click here for the August newsletter

July 2010

July has seen the launch of the Woodford Dojo website. Although a lot of the content will be the same as that of the Wado UK site, more Woodford club related issues will be posted here for all those concerned. To check it out (Click Here)

6 Wado UK competitors entered the British International Open Karate Championships in Glasgow over the weekend of 10th/11th July. Barry Meanwell and Joe Munro from the Woodford Dojo, Jessica Newton, Ashleigh Clarkson and Matthew March from the ShinKen Dojo and Jessica Bates from the St Nicholas Dojo. (Click Here) for a full report on how they got on.

Click here for the July Newsletter

June 2010

The AMA have now left the EKF, so students will no longer be able to associate or compete in any of their competitions for the next year at least. (full story on EKF website)

The 13th June was the date of the Chojinkai Cumbria Open Karate Championships. Joe Munro and Charlotte Pinder represented the Woodford Dojo, (Click Here) for a report on the days events.

On the 6th June, Wado UK competed at two competitions, the BWKU Junior Championships in Goole and the Northern Open Classic in Warrington. Both competitions proved fruitful with plenty of podium finishes. (Click Here) for Goole or (Click Here) for Warrington.

Click here for the June Newsletter

May 2010

Our Wado UK Junior Championships were held on the 15th May and the day was a great success. Over 70 of our junior students attended and all the officiating was done by our senior grades. Check out the competitions page, (or click on the photo below) for full details and a list of all those who took part and the medal winners.

Kick-Master Medal Winners

Click here for the May Newsletter

April 2010

English Karate Federation National Championships

On the 24th & 25th April, the EKF National Championships took place at the Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Wado UK took two Bronze medals over the weekend, to find out in which events and for a full report (Click Here)

Fundraising Bag-Pack

On the 17th April, members of Wado UK member clubs raised an amazing £528.42 doing a bag-pack for shoppers. The event was organised by Allison Munro from the Woodford Dojo and took place at the Iceland store in the Northpoint Shopping Centre, Bransholme. For details of how the day went and of those who took part, (Click Here).

Wado UK Squad Training

Marissa Dunn and her Cottingham Parks Dojo, played host to the latest squad day organised by Wado UK. The day was a great success with nearly thirty students attending the session. The first section covered Kata, with Tony Dent, and Andy Barratt working with the senior grades, while Steve Balaam-Reed, Paul Braid and Marissa Dunn put the other groups through their paces. The following sessions were split into two, to allow a rules section and Kumite section to run simultaneously. Paul Braid worked with the athletes while Tony Dent worked with those people wishing to gain a better understanding of the rules for competition. To finish, everyone re-assembled, where the athletes put their earlier practice into a more realistic competitive scenario. Those who had been learning the rules had the chance to put their new skills to the test also. All in all it was a great day.

Thanks to Marissa and the Cottingham Parks Centre for their help in organising the event.

England "A" Squad Training

Barry Meanwell and Jessica Newton were both training on April 3rd, at the Crystal leisure Centre in Dudley. This was the second visit to this venue in as many weeks, the last time was for the EKF Regional's. This was the latest session in the EKF elite calendar and was as expected, a tiring day for the Wado UK duo. The day went well for our athletes, who will now look ahead to the next session in May.

Click here for the April Newsletter

March 2010

English Karate Federation Regional Championships

Over the weekend of 20th/21st March, ten Wado UK competitors represented their clubs and association at the EKF Regionals. Dudley in the West Midlands was chosen for the competition, meaning a long weekend of traveling and competing left everyone tired by the end.
Wado UK won their fair share of medals, including one Grand Championship to cap it all off. For a full report and details of the medal winners, (click here).

For a video report of the day through the eyes of the athletes, including our very own Grand Champion Barry Meanwell, (click here)

1st 2010 Wado UK Squad Session

The first squad session for 2010 proved to be very popular. Over 20 athletes turned up for the dual Kata/Kumite session. The ShinKen Dojo hosted the event, providing the venue and facilities needed for a successful day. Thank You to all who attended and those who supported in their own way.

Please put the 10th April in your diaries, where the next session will be hosted by the Cottingham Parks Dojo. This next event will be from 9.00am-12 lunch and will include Kumite and Rules sessions. The rules element will be open to anyone who has an interest in coaching, table official duties or officiating. More concise details to be posted on the dates page soon. Please support this next session

Chojinkai Junior Championships

On the 7th March, Chijinkai Karate held their annual Junior Championships in Penrith and Wado UK were there to compete. Jessica Newton, Harry Oetegenn and Ashleigh Clarkson were our medallists, but also representing our group were Charlotte Pinder, Matthew March and Joe Munro.
For a full report (click here)

Click here for the March Newsletter

February 2010

AMA International Open Championship's

Teerth Dhesi Charlotte Pinder Harry Oetegenn Ragen Allitt

Over the weekend of 27th/28th February, eight Wado UK members competed in the AMA competition and two of the younger members came home with medals. Charlotte Pinder won a Kumite silver and Harry Oetegenn won a Kumite bronze. For a full report (click here)

English Karate Federation Squad Selections

Pictured above is National squad coach Wayne Otto, OBE , with two of our own Wado UK members, Jessica Newton from the ShinKen Dojo and Barry Meanwell from the Woodford Dojo. Both athletes have been selected to train with the National "A" Squad. This followed the National Squad training and selection session in Rippon on the 20th February. The day was a long one, consisting of an open training session in the morning, followed by a selection session in the afternoon. Jessica and Barry were joined in the morning training session by Jess's coach, Paul Braid. The next session for the "A" squad is to be held in Aldershot, on March 27th.

Well done to both athletes!

37th European Junior & Cadet Karate Championships

Over the weekend of 5th-7th February, Turkey hosted this years European Championships. Wado UK played it’s part in proceedings, with Tony Dent being there as a Kata official. Tony passed his Kata “A” qualification in Madrid last summer and this competition would see the qualification ratified if he had a successful event. At the end of the three day’s Tony had shown himself to be competent and saw his “A” grade made permanent.

As for the English squad, they managed to win 1 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals. One of the bronze medals came in the female under 21’s team Kata event. This was the first ever team Kata medal for England. A good result for the English squad and a good result for Wado UK! For a full report on England’s results (click here)

Click here for the February Newsletter

January 2010

Tobi Ishi Kai Karate Championships 2010

Seven Wado UK members recently competed in the Tobi Ishi Kai Championships in Worcester and between them managed to win 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. (Click here) to see the gold medal team Kata Performance and a full report.

Click here for the January Newsletter