British Karate Federation International Open 2013

On Saturday 7th September, Wado UK sent a small squad to the British International Open Karate Championships in Glasgow. The competition was at the very impressive Emirates Arena, which is also known as the Sir Chris Hoy Stadium. It wasn't only the stadium which was impressive though, as the performances of our very own Amrit Dhesi from the East Hull Woodford Dojo were an equal match for the architecture of the National Stadium of Scotland. Amrit was to complete the day with double gold winning performances in both his Kata, and Kumite categories, making him the British International Kata and Kumite Open Champion for 2013.

At 7 years of age his performances of Bassai were judged to have been the best on the Tatami throughout his grouping. With his usual display of strength and determination, he did look every ounce a cut above the rest. It was a thrilling moment to see the flags all going in his favour in the final, crowning him the champion for this year. He was to repeat this gold winning performance later in the day in his Kumite category. His determination was once again on display as he looked both confident, and strong. He got off to a good start winning his first match in a comfortable manner, and then seemed to go from strength to strength. Once in the final he was to dominate from the start giving himself a commanding points lead which his young opponent was unable to answer. It was another excellent performance from Amrit giving him the golden double.

Charan was to be in the medals also as she too managed Kata success. It was to be a bronze medal for her as she unfortunately slipped up in her semi-final, her opponent being the one with the majority of votes. It was still a pleasing result and one which added to our overall tally.

Other notable performances came from Teerth Dhesi, Thomas Balaam-Reed and Joe Munro. Unfortunately all falling short of medal positions, but acquitting themselves well along the way and representing our group with admirable courtesy and respect.

Well done to everyone and thanks to Steve Balaam-Reed for coaching, Joe Munro for assisting, and Mak Dhesi for supporting our group at this prestigious competition.

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