All six of our squad guys headed to the Wado-UK championships in Hull last Sunday.
The competition was really well organised and ran exceptionally well (especially Tatami 5, which Sensei Carl was helping judge on 🙂 ), meaning we were done and dusted by about 4.30pm.
It also had a nice and relaxed atmosphere, with Steve being the best tannoy guy I’ve heard… The entry numbers have been bigger but many of the categories had a really good mix of novice through to elite level athletes in, it was just unfortunate if you got an elite guy in round one (Paul in Kata).
All six guys had a good day, with very strong performances in Kata and Kumite. We also managed to get video footage of almost every performance too, so we were able to analyse them at the Monday competition class.
We’ve had more medals from different competitions and it’s always nice to be rewarded for good performances with medals, but I think it’s more important to keep challenging yourself as an athlete, keep entering bigger and tougher events so that you’re always improving. It might not massage the ego quite the same but at least real progress is made.
That being said, we did achieve some medal placings, and could have had more if fights went slightly different, or if the odd flag was the other way. That’s the way it goes, guys just need to keep sharpening their Kata technique and working in their Kumite ring craft and tactics.
Joe Flounders – 3rd Kata, best 8 Kumite
Lewis Muldown – 3rd Kumite
Paul White – 3rd Kumite
Last weekend we had our annual sponsored walk. This is our main fundraising event of the year so it’s very important that we get the support of the students and their families.
The weather was very kind whilst we walked from the dojo, along the promenade to Seaton, and then back again.
We had a good turnout and it was great to see so many of the Little Ninjas on the walk too.
After the walk we had a bit of a social at the dojo, with cakes for sale and a raffle, all contributions going to the fundraising pot.
On behalf of the club I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who went on the walk, and everyone who made cakes for afterwards too.
Any funds allow us to replace and but new equipment for the club, and subsidies courses, competitions and travelling. So please ensure you bring your sponsors in to the club as soon as you can.