JKA England 2013 National Championship

Karate competitions tend to have an early start and a late finish. This one was no exception, but arriving at 8.15am, we found the draw sheets had already been posted and the areas were all ready to go. Right through to the finals, things seemed to run smoothly – no mean feat given there were over 800 category entries from more than 400 competitors.

Shiranamikai had 17 members take part. We came away with a total of 7 gold medals, 2 bronze and a team kata silver – a fantastic result for our club!

In their particular categories, Anju, Ryan and Sonoko picked up double gold – each of them winning in both kata and kumite. Alaa won gold in individual kata, Peter bronze in ippon kumite and Avan bronze in sanbon kumite. Our adult kata team of Sonoko, Peter and Alaa came 2nd place, bagging silver medals!

All of our competitors showed strong spirit and did a great job of representing Shiranamikai. Whether you win a medal or not, competitions are a great way to test yourself and learn something about how to develop your karate. And it can be fun to spend time with your teammates! We saw some superb performances of kata and kumite from various competitors throughout the day, showing the high level that can be achieved through hard work in the dojo.

Our squad: Yuji, Will, Shivani, Dharvi, Anju, Iman, Sara, Peter, Ryan, Avan, Sonoko, Lisa, Megan, Alaa and Tara. Our helper on the day: Sheila.

The next competition will be the JKA England 10th Anniversary Championship on 2nd November. It’s only 4 months away, so the time to start practising is now!

Austin