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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2014 WUKF World championship report

Here is the report from the recent WUKF World championships held in Poland.

Congratuations to all our competitors who took part and particularly to those who came away with medals!

Many thanks to Mark Eccleston for taking the time to write the report and allowing it to be used on our website.

Click here to view the WUKF Poland report


SKA squad head to Poland.....

The SKA squad (pictured) ready to travel to the World Union of Karate Federation's World Karate championships held in Poland 15th - 19th October 2014.

The squad, all competing in the disciplines of Kumite (free-fighting) and Kata (traditional form) are, from Lt to Rt:

S.K.A. Skiption club's 16yr old Jack Cooper; S.K.A Cheshire martial arts' 15yr old Lucy Clarke, 8yr old Joel Eccleston, Jo' fisher W.U.K.F Official, 19yr old Rebecca Fisher and in charge of the S.K.A National squad, 8dan coach Sensei Paul Graham.

We wish them every success at the championships



Serbia 2012 WUKF world championship competition report

rebeccaAt 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’ Fisheredited


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  • SKA England Squad training-CMAC Warrington
    April 12, 2015 (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
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    Squad training is for adults and children from grade 8th Kyu and above, the aim being to provide competition Kumite and Kata training for members.

    The courses are designed to be both enjoyable and informative under Chief Instructor Paul Graham 8th Dan...

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