KSI World Karate Championships 2012

World Championships medals for Kent Karate Club


1 Silver and 4 Bronzes!!!


Five members of the successful Kimura Shukokai Karate Club based in Maidstone hit their way to top placing's at this year's KSI World Karate Championships held in Atlantic City, USA. The competition, held over 3 days with over 500 competitors from 26 countries was one which was both exciting and tough. The venue at the Mark Etess Arena at Trump's Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino was one of the most spectacular places the World tournament had been held.

The five included instructors Chris Simpson 3rdDan and his daughter Katie Simpson 3rdDan a former Junior World Champion who were joined by their students Elle Osborne
(16) from Pluckley, Samantha Riddell (17) from Sutton Valence and Jack Cutler (14) the current European Champion for his age group, from Leeds, all 1st Dan Black Belts. The five travelled over to Atlantic City with the rest of the SKF England Karate Squad and were to compete in the fast-paced Kumite (or"free sparring") where points are awarded based on the speed, accuracy and power of punches and kicks in a fight situation, as well as a graceful demonstration of form known as Kata that highlights the speed and accuracy of the Kimura Shukokai technique.

Kimura Shukokai Karate is derived from one of the original styles of Karate, Shito Ryu, with roots that date back over 300 years to Okinawa. While it shares many of the same punches, blocks, and kicks found in other styles of karate, its unique execution, which maximizes speed and power, sets this style apart.

All categories involved competitors having to fight their way through several rounds either to reach a final or a repercharge for 3rdplace. Elle Osborne reached the repercharge final where she defeated her opponent soundly to take a Bronze medal in the girls 16-17 years Heavyweight Kumite. Samantha Riddell also took bronze in the girls 16-17 Years Individual Kata. Jack Cutler reached the repercharge finals in both his events and eventually took 4thplace in both the boys 14-15 Years Individual Kata and Kumite. Chris Simpson also narrowly missed out on bronze by finishing 4th in the Veterans Individual Kata.

Katie Simpson powered her way to the final of the Ladies Individual kata competition, defeating the current World Champion on the way eventually winning the silver medal. Katie also won a bronze in the Ladies Individual kumite as well as leading the England ladies team to a bronze in the team kata event.

"All students have worked so hard to get to these Championships" said Instructor Chris Simpson, "It was a joy to see that hard work rewarded with success". All five are now taking a short break from training but will shortly start on their build up the the European Championships to be held in Finland in May 2013. Anyone interested in joining any of the clubs can contact Chris on 07801 639052.


KATIE                               CHRIS

SAMMY                           JACK                             ELLE