Karate Wales Youth Nationals 2018

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition

Congratulations to all the members of our Karate squad from our Basingstoke Karate club, who competed at the 2018 Karate Wales Youth Nationals recently. There was fierce competition across all the disciplines with many competitors and coaches plus a few of the officials getting to grips with the new rules brought in by The World Union of Karate-D0 Federations. The standard and etiquette of competitors, coaches and officials was very good with only one example of poor etiquette seen during the day.

We had some great results from newcomers to the squad with Alistair, Gabriel, Emily and Rosie all winning medals.  Alistair ended up winning a Bronze medal for Kata, Gold for individual Fighting and Gold for Team fighting with Gabriel and Lex-Jay. Emily in her first competition won a silver medal in Kata and also Bronze in team fighting alongside Ruby and Rosie and Toki also in his first event won Bronze in the Team fighting.

The Karate Wales event was open to all styles of Karate (ie no Kung Fu, Kickboxing or Taekwondo at this event.) There were practitioners from  Shotokan Karate, Shito Ryu Karate, Wado Ryu Karate, Shukokai Karate and Kyokushinkai Karate. It was very interesting to see the same katas performed differently by each style and also some new katas for us.

Thanks to Jess Sensei for coaching and Donna and Ruth for making sure that all the competitors were in the right place at the right time for their events.




British Open Championships

Written by bryan. Posted in Competition

Karate in Basingstoke, Martial Arts in BasingstokeAt the end of April we took 29 competitors, 6 officials, judges or referees and 6 coaches and 2 helpers/score keepers to the British Open in London Docklands. The British Open is one of the largest competitions in the calendar with a high standard of competitors and many world level Referees officiating. This years event was no different and there were about 600 competitors and 6 Tatamis in use all day..

We had many new comers to our competition squad taking part in their first competition, so it was fair to say that there lots of nerves involved from both them and also from their parents. They had all worked hard to be ready for the competition.

We started with the kata events and these were keenly contested in all age groups. The events started with the youngest age categories and proceeded from there. We saw some polished performances in all the categories and some some good competitors that we need to match up to.

Congratulations to Mandi Miles who won a Silver and Mandi and Gavin Downey who won a Bronze Medal in Kata.


The Kumite events were also busy categories. We saw some great work from the squad, Sophie, Ruby and Orla won our first medal in the Girls <8 Team Kumite. Solomon had a good day winning Silver in his individual event, he was withdrawn on medical advice part way through the final bout. He also won a Bronze in the Team event with Jack, Zane and Enzo. Other medals were won by Emma, Leyna and Claudia.

Congratulations Team Shin Gi Tai for a large proportion of the team this was their first time competing and they did themselves proud. In all it was a really positive competition. Nice to see international teams attending from Poland, Egypt, Slovakia, Algeria, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and several top association teams from England.


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