SKL KARATE CLUB IN OLD STREET WINS 37 MEDALS AT THE 13th JKA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Shotokan Karate London participated in the 13th JKA National Karate Championships with 27 students taking part. With having just successfully completed grading examinations four weeks prior to the competition, we continued to train hard to improve different technical aspects in order to guarantee the best possible performance at the JKA Karate Championships. As a result of this collective effort, the our club SKL – Shotokan Karate London, managed to achieve a collection of 37 medals, which includes those from 7 team participations.The event organized by the Japan Karate Association England counted with 371 individual participants at this event from 40+ clubs. The event featured 58 categories for children and adults, at individual beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as Kata and Kumite teams.
Overall, our 5th participation in a JKA England Championship became the most successful to date. In summary, we achieved an overall of 10 medals in Kumite (2 gold, 2 silver, 6 bronze), 6 medals in Kata (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), and in team kata (each of the teams consisting of 3 participants), two of our teams became national champions (6 gold), one achieved 2nd place (3 silver), and four achieved 3rd place (12 bronze), which brings the total to 21 medals on the team performances only.
The highlight of the day for our club arrived when Sensei Antonio Telmo collected the “JKAE club 50 award” attributed by the Japan Karate Association England to clubs that achieved a good standard and contributed significantly to the growth of this English martial arts organization which is directly affiliated with JKA Japan with headquarters in Tokyo. . The award was handed in by the Sensei Adel Ismail 6Dan JKA, Head of JKAE.
“Its a thriving time for the club! We won 37 medals at the JKA England National Karate Championships. With this unprecedented achievement and the Club 50 award, SKL establishes itself as one of the top karate clubs in the country. Thank you JKA England for all guidance and support!”
-Antonio Telmo 2Dan JKA – SKL Chief Instructor.
SKL took part in 25 different categories out of 58 offered at the karate tournament!
Our 6 children participated in both the beginner and intermediate level in all possible categories for their age, which included individual kata and kumite as well as team kata. Although they all progressed far in the eliminations stage they did not make it to the finals, nevertheless they excelled in the mixed team kata category with our intermediate group: Sam Lewis (6th Kyu), Jacqueline Auger (6th Kyu), and Gabriel Bontu(6th Kyu), claiming gold medals, and our beginners team: Michael Ghebrehiwet (7th Kyu), Luca Warby (7th Kyu), and Crina Bontu (8th Kyu), receiving the bronze.
We had 3 competitors in the participating at the adult female category: orange/red/yellow (9th-7th Kyu) category. Within this category Y. Stewart became national champion with the gold medal in individual kata, whilst K. Ongdi claimed the silver medal for the club. For the individual kumite, K. Ongdi snatched the gold medal supported by Y. Stewart and C. Spano with joint 3rd place.
For the 3 students competing at the male adults: orange/red/yellow (9th-7th Kyu) category, it was a fierceful category due to the high volume of participants.Within this category we managed to achieve an honourable 4th place in individual kata by A. Dalton. In individual kumite we managed to achieve a better result with a joint 3rd place with A. Dalton and J. Pinhay sharing the bronze medals.
We had 3 students participating in the adult female intermediate level green/purple/purple-white (6th-4th Kyu). We can say with confidence that this was our most successful category. For the individual kata, N. Tarawali became national champion followed by K. Harrison with the silver medal. In what concerns the individual kumite, the girls managed to achieve a full podium, with gold for D. Soyuok, silver for N. Tarawali, and bronze for K. Harrison.
In the same intermediate level green/purple/purple-white (6th-4th Kyu) our 3 male competitors also did very well. A. Emen won the silver for individual kata, and T. Murai claimed the bronze. In the individual kumite category, T. Murai won silver and D. Almendro won the bronze.
At this event, the category of team kata adults for Kyu grades could integrate all range of colour belts up to 4th kyu ( Purple and white belt). We managed to achieve a fantastic result with our first full podium within this category. D. Soyuok, K. Harrison, and A. Emen became the national champion team. The silver medalist team consisted of N. Tarawali, T. Murai, and D. Almendro. The Bronze medals was attributed to K. Ongdi, Y. Stewart, and P. Vergani achieved bronze.
The Brown and Black belt division of the Japan Karate Association England is by far the most competitive of all and therefore the hardest category to achieve good results in. We had 9 participants within this category. The club managed to place 2 competitors in the semi-finals, S. Foster and A. Telmo ( club instructor) had progressed through the rounds to the best 8 (semi-finals) on individual kata in female and male categories respectively. The big effort in training was finally rewarded when, for the first time, the SKL team kata managed to achieve a place on the podium. A. Telmo, J. Ludlow, and F. Pinto were the bronze medalist team performing the Kata “Jion”. We also had a great performance from our other team kata group: A. Puggioni, A. Garousi, and S. Foster that performed a good standard “Heian Nidan”. The SKL Kumite team: A. Telmo, K. Childs and F. Pinto achieved an honor joint 3rd place. The other SKL participants: T. Parcinsky, and R. Lewis all braved in their kumite and kata performances.
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