S.K.U British open report
On Sunday 12 October, S.S.K.A.club members from kyojin Harrogate, kyojin Otley, Skipton Karate Centre, Cheshire Martial Arts Centres and Chikara Guiseley travelled to Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport to compete at the 2014 Shukokai Karate Union’s British Open Championships.
For a number of the incredibly young S.S.K.A. cadets - five years old was the youngest competitor - it was their very first tournament. But this didn’t seem to put them off at all when, with incredible support from their enthusiastic parents, one by one they started to lift the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals.
First on the rostrum was 6yr old Jaeda Nim who, as a red belt of only six months karate experience, lifted gold in the 9-7th kyu children’s kata (tradition form). Almost immediately after, Jaeda’s brother Eaton made it a family double when he also lifted gold, this time in the 6-4th kyu boy’s kata.
This family double gold seemed to be the signal for the squad and an avalanche of medals followed. It was gold for Janet Thompson in the female individual 35yrs+ 9-7kyu kata and with partner Dave Burton gold in the 9-4th kyu pairs kata. In the top kata event, the senior 16-34yrs black belt, the S.S.K.A. talented duo of 3rd dan Jess Bate and 2nd dan James Cape showed why they are both in the top three in European all-styles ranking when they crushed all opposition to take gold in the female and male individual events.
Podium silver medals went to Rebecca Spence in the female 35yrs+ black belt and Dave Burton in the male 35yrs+ 9-7th kyu whilst bronze medals went to
Mike Hofman in the male 35yrs+ Black Belt; Max Lord in the boys 13-15yrs Black belt; Emily Anslow in the girls 13-15yrs Brown belt; Lucas Aspinall in the boys 10-12yrs Brown belt; Carol Culverhouse in the female 35yrs+ 9-7th kyu and Leo Burton in the 7-9yrs mixed.
Traditional form out of the way it was then the turn of our free-fighters to boost the medal tally.Gold went to Cameron Lord in the 13-15yrs individual cadet black belt and to Jess Bate and Abigail Spence in the female team event. Silver went to Jess Bate in the female 18-34yrs -3rd kyu & above event and to round off a truly sensational competition day bronze medals were placed around the necks of Rebecca Cameron in the 16-17yrs female 3rd kyu & above; Dave Burton in the male 9-7th kyu open weight; Chris Ivory in the male 6-4th kyu; Aimee Culverhouse in the girls 10-12yrs 3rd kyu & above and Jay Jackson in the boys 8-9yrs 6-4th kyu.
With a total tally of 24 top three podium places, 10 of which were championship gold, it was a tremendous day for the entire S.S.K.A. squad. We congratulate you all.
S.S.K.A. President Shihan Ken Gee 8th dan
Members of Skipton Karate Centre show off their medal haul: