Chojinkai Open Championships Penrith 2013

On Sunday June the 16th, British Chojinkai held their Open Karate Championships for 2013. Normally we take quite a large group to this competition, however on this occasion it was down to Josh Hartery of the Zanshin Dojo to go it alone. Josh enjoys competing, but is still relatively new to the scene. His nerves were apparent, but with his dad Ian and Gaynor Dent there for support he did an excellent job. He was in a relatively small group of 8 for his kata category, but despite this he was unfortunately unable to secure a medal. He was drawn against a competitor who had the better of him, but he should be reassured from the fact that his opponent did eventually win the group. I’m sure with continued commitment Josh will get Kata medals in the near future.

His Kumite section was to be a different story though. This time in a much bigger group he managed to win himself the silver medal having despatched his first three opponents with a comfortable points margin in each case. His opponent in the final had looked good throughout his matches too, so it looked to be an interesting matchup for the bout. Josh battled hard, but unfortunately he couldn’t manage to get his nose in front on the scoreboard. Never the less he put up a good performance and should be very proud of his well-earned silver medal.

Josh is pictured left with his opponent in the Kumite final

Well done Josh.

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