SKF National Championships
Saturday 27th March 2010
The 27th March saw the Kimura Shukokai Karate Kent Squad attend the SKF Nationals competition this year we had only 9 competitors from the Kent based Clubs. Everyone had trained so hard with extra training sessions and squad runs. The day started early at 9am and it was the Cadets who took to the tatami first.
First saw Lawrence Bordean compete in the 6-8 years Kata where he was unlucky to draw the evential winner in the first round, he did however come back strong and scooped a bronze medal for Kent Karate a great effort.
Then it was up to big sister Christine Bordean and Adam Axford to take to the mats to perform their kata in the 9-11 years Open category. Adam got through the first couple of rounds and then was knocked out by the eventual finalist from Dudley, but showed determination and focus throughout. Christine also performed her kata at an extremely high standard and gained a place in the final, in which she performed Paiku and won the National Kata title and Gold medal position.
Elle Osborne gained her place in the final of the 12-14 years Junior grade Kata, where she performed the Kata Paiku which was focused and strong and thus won her the SKF National Kata champion title and Gold medal position.
Jack Cutler and Sammy Riddell were up next performing in the 12-14 years senior grade Kata, Sammy produced some exceptional Kata and thus won herself Bronze medal position. Jack Cutler overcame his nerves and won through to the final where he was just pipped to the post 3-2 by a member of the SKF Dudley club, he did us all proud.
Gary Hewitt gained his place in the final of the Adult Junior grade Kata and performed well however the referees went the other way with a 3-2 loss for Gary, putting him in silver medal position.
Sensei Katie then perform her two Kata Paiku and Sienchin drawing on points for the top spot taking her in to the final where she showed real strength and power in her Kata taking the Gold medal and the title SKF Ladies Black Belt Kata Champion.
The kumite categories then began with Lawrence Bordean being put up a catagory and fighting hard only to lose out in the final seconds.
Christine also fought hard fighting children much bigger than her but valiantly taking a bronze medal.
Jack Cutler and Adam Axford were both in one of the biggest categories of the day the boys 12-14 years kumite and both fought hard, they were however unlucky to get placed, but gained valuable experience.
Sammy Riddell and Elle Osborne fought hard in the Girls 13-15 years kumite and Elle won through to the final against current European Champion Ashleigh Whyte. Elle fought hard taking the first point but Ashleigh was too strong and came back to win the title putting Elle in silver medal place. Elle and Sammy both came away with real experience and know what they have to work on for future encounters.
Sensei Katie fought hard but it just wasn't meant to be, she knows what she has to work on and will come back even stronger next time...
We would like to congratulate every student from the Kent clubs who competed and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves and are ready to start training for the Kimura Cup in March where we will be organising a coach to take even more competitors from the club, it is a great day out and if we get some medals and trophies on the way it is a bonus!
Sensei Chris and Sensei Katie