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Club Grading

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This turned out to be one of the biggest club gradings we’ve had for quite a while with 30 students grading. Grades ranged from 9th Kyu right through to 1st Kyu keeping the instructors on their toes. Congratulations to everyone who graded tonight, some good performances to see:

9th Kyu

Dion Lee

Harry Newbury

8th Kyu

Simon White

Chris Hill

Callum Pedley

Rema Uddin

Connor Shepherd

Daniel Shaw

Leyton Davis

Dominic Cox

Nicole McMillan

Jacob Hodgson

Tyler Vaughan

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7th Kyu

Megan Spires

Mollie Cooper

Khushru Khasimai

Joseph Flounders

Oakley Lindridge

Olivia Lindridge

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6th Kyu

Rebecca Caygill

Jack Solomon

5th Kyu

Daniel Spires

Connor Butterfield

Bailey Lindridge

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3rd Kyu

Phil Salmons

2nd Kyu

Roy Salmons

Daniel White

1st Kyu

Jasmin Langley

Lewis Muldown

Joel Copeman

As always, there’s plenty to keep working on, especially for the next belt. Keep up the hard work guys… Especially the trio who will now be working towards their Black Belt!

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Hartlepool Wadokai Beginners Karate Championships

Saturday 23rd June 2012 – Hartlepool College of Further Education

This was only our second ever competition exclusively for our beginners. The event was held to be a stepping stone to some of our bigger competitions that we now run annually and was designed to be a low key affair, with none of the bells and whistles that we usually have at our events. We didn’t want to intimidate our inexperienced competitors. The event was also used as a training opportunity for our cadets to get some judging practise in. They all worked hard throughout the day and we’d like to thank them once again for their efforts.

The event started at 11am with Sensei Amy putting all the competitors through their paces, going over the kata moves they would need during the day. Overall the competition was quite relaxed, and we took our time between categories so that the young competitors could get themselves ready. Before the Kumite (fighting) categories started, we had an exhibition match between two of our Wadokai England squad members, Lewis and Phil. And Chris gave a demo of the Kick Master Kumite too.

 

It was great to see some great potential in the young-lings, with some as young as five years old already moving around the mat like they own the place. I think the future is bright for our club.

 

Results:

KA1 – Kata, White Belts, White & Red Belts

1st – Harry Newbury

2nd – Alfie Ogden

3rd – Sarah Shears

3rd – AJ Murray

 

KA2 – Kata, Red Belts

1st – Connor Shepherd

2nd – Tyler Vaughan

3rd – Jacob Hodgson

3rd – Leyton Davis

 

KA3 – Kata, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st – Oakley Lindridge

2nd – Khushru Khasimai

3rd – Jack Solomon

3rd – Joseph Flounders

 

KA4 – Kata, Seniors

1st – Chris Lindridge

2nd – Roy Salmons

 

KM1 – Kick Master Kumite,

White & Red Belts

1st – Joshua Martindale

2nd – Alfie Ogden

3rd – AJ Murray

3rd – Will Davidson

 

KM2 – Kick Master Kumite, Red Belts, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st –  Rebecca Caygill

2nd – Joseph Flounders

3rd – Leyton Davis

3rd – Khushru Khasimai

 

KU1 – Kumite, White Belts,

White & Red Belts

1st – Harry Nebury

2nd – Harvey Allicante

3rd – Sarah Shears

3rd – AJ Murray

 

KU2 – Kumite, Red Belts

1st – Callum Pedley

2nd – Connor Shepherd

3rd – Jacob Hodgson

3rd – Tyler Vaughan

 

KU3 – Kumite, Yellow Belts, Orange Belts

1st – Oakley Lindridge

2nd – Abby Laidler

3rd – Rebecca Caygill

3rd – Khushru Khasimai

 

I know that some of the kids were disappointed that they didn’t manage to get medals, or they didn’t get as far as they’d hoped, but sadly, not everyone can win. I personally think that you can learn just as much from losing as you can from winning, perhaps even more and I was sure to remind all the competitors of this before we let them go home.

 

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the parents and students for entering the competition (especially on the same weekend as a club grading!), and all of the club officials and volunteers who helped fetch and carry the equipment (the dedicated few!) and also the Hartlepool Sporting Association and Hartlepool College of Further Education for the use of a fantastic venue.


Throston Primary School ‘Olympic’ Fun Day

 

 


Olympic Torch in Hartlepool (2)

Yesterday our little town on the North East coast of England was privileged to host the 2012 London Olympic Torch Relay as it makes its way around the UK. This is a fantastic was of generating interest in the Olympic Games and is a great way of raising peoples aspirations, especially the younger ones – some of whom will no doubt be future Olympians themselves.

Hartlepool Borough Council had organised the festivities which included a number of live bands etc… at the Maritime Experience on the Marina. This was a huge success with claims of up to 23,000 people, (including 6,000 at the Marina) lining the torch route through the town. This support is fantastic and shows how important sport is to everyone – even those that don’t take part themselves.

It was also great that the inspire athletes were all invited as VIP’s to the event, they were introduced on stage by the Hartlepool Mayor, Mr Stuart Drummond who gave a brief overview of each athletes competition successes – the highlight obviously being Savanna Marshall who is a member of the 2012 GB Olympic Team and favourite for Women’s Boxing. Our club also had two of it’s own represented there, with Sensei Amy and Jasmin who are both part of the inspire program.

For those of you that don’t know, the inspire program is a photography exhibition of successful female athletes from a variety of sports which include Regional, National, European, International and Olympic medal winners. The exhibition will be featured in the Hartlepool Art Gallery and across all the local schools, all of which will help ‘inspire’ more girls/women into sport.

There were opportunities to get some iconic photos too, including with a 1948 London Olympic Torch too!

Thank you to all the organisers, the torch bearers and the crowds for contributing to the electric atmosphere…


Olympic Torch in Hartlepool

Olympic Torch Route through Hartlepool TODAY 🙂

There will be a lunchtime community celebration when the torch arrives at Hartlepool?s Maritime Experience (HME), Marina Way at 11.51am on Sunday 17 June.

As well as street theatre, jugglers and stilt walkers, an entertainment programme has been confirmed to perform on stage at HME?s car park? all for free!

Check out the Link below for further info; http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/whats-on/olympic-torch-in-hartlepool.asp

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