One of the many benefits of studying karate is that it can be practised anywhere, regardless of space, and without the need for equipment, making it an ideal activity in which to participate online.
Back at the beginning of October 2020, The Japan Karate Association invited member countries to submit a modified version of the kata Tekki Shodan, performed in a space of just one metre wide instead of the usual two metres.
This was a good challenge for students across the world while ensuring practise of one of Shotokan’s fundamental stances: kiba dachi.
Shiranamikai members’ entries were submitted alongside other JKA England clubs, and the final results announced today by Tokyo Headquarters. Well done to all those featured!
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Shiranamikai participated in the Shotokan Open Championship this weekend. This annual event, hosted by The Japan Karate Association in England, regularly comprises iro 350 entrants from across the UK and Europe. Well done to everybody who made the effort! Our club’s results as follows…
🥈🥉Kyo: Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite 🥉Alex Meltsov: Bronze in Kata 🥇🥈Lydik: Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite 🥉🥈Steph: Bronze in Kata, Silver in Kumite 🥈Tovael: Silver in Kumite 🥈🥉Chantelle: Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite 🥇🥇Shion: Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite 🥉Alex Maclean: Bronze in Kata 🥈Itsuko: Silver in Kata 🥇Eri: Gold in Kumite
Congratulations on the impressive performances, everyone, it’s a 15-medal haul for the club! But what really counts is trying your best, and being back in the dojo for the next training session 🤗
Shiranamikai had a very good day at the 2019 National Championship of The Japan Karate Association in England. There were some impressive displays by club members who can all feel very proud of their performance.
Many thanks to Sheila and Eri for being club coaches and helping us all get where we needed to go, and to Ana for all her support.
This was our first opportunity to display our new club flag which was a 10th anniversary present from all members/friends/karate family in the UK and Japan.
We also picked up a few medals on the day…
🥇🥉Lennon: Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
🥈Rahul: Silver in Kumite
🥇Thomas: Gold in Kumite
🥈Alex Meltsov: Silver in Kumite
🥈Itsuko: Silver in Kata
🥈Austin: Silver in Kata
Well done, guys!
It’s nice to win a medal but attitude and conduct is far more important. There was such great team spirit among everybody at Shiranamikai which all helped to make the long day pass quickly!
Warm-up and run-through shots courtesy of Ana…
Shots from Alex
…and photos throughout the contest, again from Ana
Shiranamikai members had a very rewarding day at the JKA England, 15th Anniversary, 2018 National Championship.
With somewhere in the region of 350 competitors across individual and team kata and kumite events, there was a lot to get through in a single day. Fortunately our association has a very experienced events team and officials who managed the day very professionally enabling us to wrap-up completely by 7pm.
This year was titled the 15th Anniversary Championship because JKA England was formed as an association in 2003 with ties to the JKA World Federation dating back further to 1965. The Japan Karate Association itself celebrates its 70th anniversary having been established in November 1948. 2018 is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of Funakoshi Gichin, born 10th November 1868! Master Funakoshi founded Shotokan and was the first Chief Instructor of the JKA.
Counsellor Hiroshi Itakura, First Minister of Education and Sport at the Embassy of Japan in the UK, was guest of honour and presented medals alongside Ohta Yoshinobu, Chief Instructor of JKA England.
As always, the conduct of our students was exemplary and I’m very proud of everyone who entered. More than just competing for oneself, these events offer an opportunity to build relationships with students from clubs across the country and to see, experience and be inspired by karate.
Shiranamikai Results as follows…
Thomas: 4th Kata & Bronze kumite
Ryoma: Gold Kata & Gold Kumite
Shohei: Gold Kata & Gold Kumite
Lennon: Bronze Kata & Bronze Kumite
Toshimitsu: Gold Kata & Silver kumite
Chantelle: 4th Kata & Bronze Kumite
Sevim: Bronze Kata & Bronze Kumite
Uma: 4th Kata
Stephanie: Gold Kata & Bronze Kumite
Shion: Gold Kata & Gold Kumite
Kentaro: Bronze Kata & Silver Kumite
Austin: Silver Kata
Itsuko: Silver Kata
Shiranami XL (Alex, Ollie, Austin): Bronze Team Kata
Shiranami M (Shohei, Lennon, Ryoma): Gold Team Kata
This is a great achievement. Well done everyone for working so hard during training!
The Four Nations Championship included additional competitors from Norway, Germany and Malta this year so Shiranamikai competitors had some challenging rounds. Everybody competing performed very well though!
Shiranamikai results as follows:
Shohei Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Ryoma Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Tejas 4th Place in Kata, Silver in Kumite
Katsuhisa Bronze in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Yoko Bronze in Kumite
Shion Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Itsuko Silver in Kata!
It was a great atmosphere in the K2 sports hall with over 300 competitors assembled for JKA England’s National Championship.
The event got underway at 10am with the youngest competitors on-mat first. We had kata in the morning and kumite after a short break for lunch. Things were running very smoothly but we had the competitor and judges line-up, introductions and presentations before the finals kicked-off. Then another break while we had the presentation of kata awards before the kumite finals. The last awards of the evening were for best competitor and the last few of us were away at 8pm.
Thanks to all the judges, referees, timekeepers and all of the supporters and parents.
Shiranamikai results as follows: Shohei Bronze in Kumite Ryoma Silver in Kata, Gold in Kumite Uma Gold in kata, Gold in Kumite Shion Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite Anju Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite Alex Bronze in Kata
Not only is this the same medal tally as last year, but also the exact same amount each of gold, silver and bronze! Spooky…
There was a good turnout of Shiranamikai members for what was JKA England’s largest national karate competition yet, with more than 350 individuals nationwide entering!
The atmosphere inside the K2 was extremely positive throughout the day with great support from friends and family. And as well as competing with one another it was a good opportunity to catch up with friends made during previous events.
Before the 3rd Kyu+ finals commenced in the evening, there was a competitor lineup and a lengthy introduction to various people within JKA England. Tom Peebles received large applause – everybody pleased to see him on the road to recovery after suffering a series of debilitating strokes. There was also presentations of a new award to club instructors with 10+, 50+ and 100+ students.
Shiranamikai results as follows:
Oliver Gold in Kata
Dennis Gold in Kumite
Masa Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Kentaro 4th Place in Kata, Silver in Kumite
Shion Bronze in Kumite
Anju Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Itsuko 4th Place in Kata
Alex Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Shiranamikai members attended the recent Four Nations Championship hosted by JKA England, alongside JKA Member countries: Scotland, Ireland, Wales plus Norway and Berlin to make the more, the merrier! There were some exciting performances and categories ran swiftly. So much so that it was a full time job just keeping track of club members across the different areas.
Results and congratulations go to:
Oliver: Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Stan: Silver in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Kentaro: Silver in Kumite, 4th Place Kata
And also to Hina!
Well done guys!
The next competition is a while off yet so now is the time to focus on courses and gradings. Let’s try to maintain the momentum (especially over Christmas) as the next competition will come around quickly enough!
We had a long but rewarding day at the JKA England 2015 National Championship. Well done to everybody who competed!
Shiranamikai results as follows:
Kentaro Silver in Kata and Silver in Kumite
Marika Bronze in Kumite
Keeley Bronze in Kumite
Oliver Gold in Kata and Gold in Kumite
Shion Gold in Kumite
Yuma Gold in Kata and Silver in Kumite
Tara Bronze in Kata and Bronze in Kumite
Anju Gold in Kata and Silver in Kumite
Alex Bronze in Kumite
Shiranami Team B (Kentaro, Yuma & Shion) Bronze in Kata
A fantastic result of 15 medals!
And what better way to celebrate than a picnic after training this Saturday! (Beats a Saturday night burger at McDonalds, Cobham services on the M25.)
Incredibly proud of everybody who competed – well done guys, all your hard work and extra training paid off!