Serbia 2012 WUKF world championship competition report
At the W.U.K.F. Cadet & Junior World Championships, held in Serbia during the second week in October, Rebecca Fisher, the Shukokai/shito-ryu Karate Allaince’s top female cadet kumite and kata competitor, showed the world’s her true potential. In kata, in a large pool of 21 of the world’s best karate competitors, Rebecca fought her way to come agonisingly close to a place in the final; the smallest of margins, 0.1 of a mark, cheating her of a place on the podium.
In the kumite competition, the pool numbers were even more daunting for Rebecca with 58 competitors facing her. In her first round she showed her true potential in beating one of the top three Polish competitors by a score of 6-3. Lifted by this, in round two Rebecca squared up to one of Romania’s finest. Scores flew thick and fast, Rebecca getting the first in the shape of ippon but the Romanian fought back ferociously, in the end taking the match by a whisker, 6 scores to 5. Sensei Paul Graham, the S.K.A’s England coach, was delighted with her performance and remarked how she had improved 100% on her performance at the last world championships of 2010.
Not one to rest on her laurels, only one week after her battles in Serbia, Rebecca Fisher led the Cheshire Martial Arts squad to glory at the Shukokai/shitoryu Karate Union’s Nationals Open Championships in Warrington. With her fellow CMAC competitor, Clarise Laurence, they blitzed the opposition, Rebecca coming away with two gold and one bronze and Clarise with gold. Martin McGrath also stepped up to the podium with silver and bronze medals went to Antonia Green, Isaac Aubee, Sam Wilkinson, Ben Hutson and Anthea Hutson.
To cement a truly auspicious month, on the officiating scene the world championships produced the S.K.A’s first ever world ranked kumite and kata judge in the form of C.M.A.C. senior black belt Jo’ Fisher