Today was the Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Karate Championships. The event was held at the Belle Vue Sports Centre in Hartlepool and had almost 250 competitor entries from 11 clubs attending.
We started the day a few minutes behind schedule at approx 10:10am but by 2:10pm, all events were done and dusted. For this I’d like to personally thank ALL the officials and volunteers who made the day go so smoothly, and also the competitors and parents for being great sports throughout. I’d also like to personally congratulate Askam Karate Club for achieving a fantastic FIVE bronze medals in their FIRST EVER competition! Please click here to download the full results.
We’re missing a few podium shots for some reason (KA9 – 3rd Kyu + Kata, 16-18yrs; KU3 – Kumite, Male 10-12yrs; KU8 – Kumite Female 16-18yrs). If anyone has these can you please send me them?
I’d like to once again thank everyone for attending and hope to see you all at our Full Inter-Club Championships in March 2012.
Last weekend members of the club headed down to Alfreton for a training course with Okumachi Sensei, 6th Dan JKF-Wadokai and a further two days with Sakagami Sensei, Peter May, Keith Walker and Lee Minion. The session on Saturday was also lead by Okumachi Sensei who had a little bit of extra time before his flight and decided to stick around and teach some more. The Sunday was a further opportunity to run through the elements of the Dan Grade (Black Belt Test) that hadn’t already been covered over the previous two days. The actual test took place after the training.
It was a long weekend, and all the training (except the test) took place on a typical concrete sports hall floor so by the end of everything our bodies were aching.
A massive congratulations must go to Sensei Michael Jorgeson who was finally coerced into taking his 2nd Dan – after almost 20 years of being 1st Dan! Also, a massive well done to Sensei Vince Dawkins and Beth Gray who have just become our latest Black Belts. They’ve both put in a lot of work over the past 12 months and beyond to get ready for the test and it showed. High Five!!!
Pictures will follow…