UWK World Championship congratulations.....

Could you all put your hands together please and congratulate our SKA members who recently took part in the inaugural United World Karate Championships held in Slovenia.

They performed brilliantly as members of the all styles U.W.K-England squad with a great number of them coming home with world medals. In the team kumite gold medal went to Emily Waring and silver to Kath King; in the individual kumite Emily and Kath won bronze; in kata James Cape and Emily Waring won silver and Kath King won bronze. Rebecca Cameron and Jack Cooper both reached the kata finals and the  the rest of our squad of Morgan Hughes, Cameron Lord, Rebecca Fisher, Jess Bate and John Cameron were just pipped for podium places.

Many congratulations to the instructors of their clubs, Kyojin, CMAC, Woolston, Skipton and Koshido-ryu, for preparing such a talented bunch of competitors and of course many thanks to SKA squad coach sensei Paul Graham for his many months of work both before and during the championships. On the refereeing side well done also to our senior WUKF international official Jo' Fisher.

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Back Lt to Rt -
Cameron Lord - Paul Graham - James Cape - John Cameron, Morgan Hughes - Jack Cooper - Emily Waring

Front row Lt to Rt

Becky Fisher - Rebecca Cameron - Jess Bate

                                                      (Kath King not pictured)


Good luck to our squad at the UWK World Championships....

On behalf of all SKA members we wish the squad every success and the best of luck in bringing back some World titles to England. The squad travelling out include:

SKA Squad Coach Paul Graham
Jack Cooper
Jess Bate
Rebecca Fisher
Rebecca Cameron
James Cape
Cameron Lord
Emily Waring
Morgan Hughes
Joanne Fisher
John Cameron
Kath King

Good luck to you all!


Latest black belt examination success

Congratulations to all students who took their black belt examinations this weekend at the CMAC dojo in Warrington......




Good luck to our squad in Belgium


Left to right: Emily waring (coach), Kathryn king (coach), Danielle Simpson, Jack cooper, Ben Hutson redfearn, Paul Graham (SKA Head coach) Rebecca fisher, Harry king, Molly blears, Bethany Daley, Jake Daley, Rio Johnson, Jacob Lewis, Joshua lewis, Joel Eccleston. (Not pictured is our world referee Joanne fisher)

Good luck to all of you in Belgium!


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:

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