On Sunday 11th May, over 50 juniors and adults took part in the first annual KSKC Berkshire interclub competition aged from just 4 years old up to adult members. The event has traditionally been hosted in Kent, but made a successful move to Wokingham this May. The competition which featured displays, Kata and Kumite events, represented Silwood Park Karate’s inclusive approach to instruction with categories for all ages and a new nurture Kata category for children and adults with special needs. In this category, Mark Savage stole the show with his performance of Heian Sandan in the Adult nurture group whilst Charlie Shipman (13) earned Silver representing the children’s nurture group. Sensei Gillian Rose(2nd Dan) was delighted with the performances in this group saying “We do not believe there should be barriers for anyone in life, especially in Karate and the success today highlights that anything is possible.”
The youngest victor, Patrick Diplock (6) of the day had been training for just 6 weeks and earned Gold in the beginners category, whilst his older brother Matthew (8) came second to new member Leroy Chan in the Red-Yellow belt category. Katy Ivanova (12) just pipped Harrison Creech (8) to Gold in the Green-purple belt category. The brown and black belt category was very closely contested with both Ben Rose and Charlotte Venning (St Michaels Karate club) initially tying for 3rd place, but in the head to head Ben was awarded 3rd with a vote of 2 to 1. Taaj Panchal took silver and Alexander Maillet took Gold after setting a strong lead in the 1st round.
The event also involved team Kata which requires three members to perform a Kata in perfect synchronization. Despite nearly missing the event due to a family emergency, Ben Jamie Rose (11) and his team mates Taaj Panchal (10) and Samuel Scott (10) took Gold place narrowly beating a slightly older black belt team. It proved a successful day for Taaj and Ben who medalled in both team and individual events.
To celebrate the number of families that train, we held a parent and child team kata event which involved not just performing a kata in perfect synchronization, but harmonious relationships at home whilst the kata was practiced! Runner up Lesley Johnson said “I have gained a whole new understanding to my son Aidan’s approach to revision!” However, Robert and Harrison Creech (8) did manage to practice and were delighted to receive Gold in this event.
Finally, the kumite (free style ) event was performed in mixed teams with beginner juniors through to adults on each team, with each member fighting against their respective age or grade category. It was a different way of involving many more members and was highly regarded by the competitors. It made for a very competitive event as each member was concerned for the whole team not just their individual performance. The final victors were led by Adult 2nd Dan Mike Platt, Thomas Wood, 2nd Dan (13), Jack Mayo (11), Brown belt, Taaj Panchal (10), Brown belt, Connor Bloomer (6), Yellow belt and Zac Thomas (11), Brown belt.
The day saw strong performances from our female members with Jennets Park instructor Amy Tomalin (20) gaining second place in the adult category, Matilda Boyle gaining 3rd in her kata group and the team kata of sisters Georgia & Leah Waughman with team mate Eleni Witherspoon taking the 3rd place spot.
The day was completed with a performance of the Kata Nijusho by Sensei Daniel and three black belt adults which involved both the performance and a demonstration of the applications of each move when the three black belts turned and attacked Sensei Daniel.
Silwood Park Karate is open to anyone of any ability and has classes for children aged 3 ½ upwards. Please visit our website www.silwoodparkkarate.co.uk or give us a call on 01344 440328 for more details.
Congratulations to Thomas Bennett, Ben Sawyer and Kieran Walker on achieving their Adult 2nd Dans, the standard of the grading was superb. Congratulations also go to the junior KSKC members who attained their Dan grade on the day.
KSKC are looking for clubs or instructors to join the association. We have open positions in schools in Kent and the Medway area.
The instructor must be a full Dan grade blackbelt. History of previous affiliation, status, length of teaching and demonstrate correct practice, such as minimum length of period before Dan gradings. Any style of Karate is accepted.
Apply in person to the chief instructor with name of instructors. Grades awarded and dates. Acceptance is subject to review by the KSKC management board.
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Sensei Mel is a qualified school teacher and started training in 1992 following in the footsteps of the rest of her family. She was awarded her 1st Dan in July 1998, 2nd Dan in February 2006 and her latest grade of 3rd Dan was attained in October 2011. She was the assistant instructor at Fairview for two years before taking over the running of the club and also teaches and trains at the Hempstead and Lordswood dojos.
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