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1st EKF Kyu Grade Karate Championships

We left Hartlepool two hours before dawn (approx 6am) on a very cold, wet and windy Sunday morning (22nd Jan). Ponds Forge in Sheffield was the venue of the 1st English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Karate Championships so, Sheffield was where we were heading!

Apart from being unable to find somewhere to park the mini-bus (gratefully borrowed from Hartlepool College of Further Education) the journey was uneventful. The competitors signed in and got changed, the parents tried to get comfortable on the seating and Lynne and Carl reported to the chief referee to find out where we would be working (Judging) all day. Amy (coach) then briefed the competitors and made sure they were ready for the day.

The day was pretty well organised and was done and dusted in about 9 hours, not bad for such a large entry! I think we could have easily shaved at least an hour off the day if it wasn’t for the usual time-wasting issues at competitions: kids not turning up when they’re supposed to, with incorrect equipment, occasional admin errors etc… but no competition is ever perfect.

This was the second time I’d helped judge at an EKF comp and a first for Lynne and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was like working in an oven – for 9 hours!!

The three competitors (Lewis, Phil, Bailey) that entered from our club did very well in Kata and Kumite despite the fact that this was the first EKF competition any of them had entered. We entered expecting zero medals, we just wanted to get some competitors on the mat as early as possible so that we had something to work on early in the season.

Results are as follows: 

Phil Salmons: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Lewis Muldown: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Lewis Muldown: 3rd Place  –  Individual Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs -45kg

Bailey Reed: 3rd Place  –  Team Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs

Bailey Reed: 3rd Place  –  Individual Kata, Boys 12-13yrs

Bailey Reed: 2nd Place  –  Individual Kumite, Boys 12-13yrs +45kg

 

We got back to Hartlepool at about 9.30pm making it a mammoth 15.5 hour day and the longest ‘Karate day’ our trio of competitors have faced so far.

Key Learnings: The competitors need to work on keeping energy and hydration levels constant throughout the day by eating and drinking correctly to ensure peak performance.

Next Event: Wadokai England Squad Training, Saturday 28th January – Leicester; EKF Referee Training, Sunday 29th January, Barnsley

Summary: We were a little disappointed to only field 3 competitors at this event despite having a pretty big club, those that didn’t attend missed a great opportunity to get some time on the mats. There is still a lot of work to do with all three competitors in Kata & Kumite but each performed well and if they keep up the hard work and enthusiasm then the future should be bright for them.

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Club update – January 2012 (1)

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and New Year break.
Re-Start Dates
All Karate classes at Belle Vue re-start from Friday 6th January and Owton Manor re-start from Monday 9th January. Throston After School re-starts from Friday 13th January.

Training Course
We’ve also got a Start of Year Course on Saturday 16th January at Belle Vue Sports Centre, 12-3pm, £5.00. Open to all club members. – This is a great way of getting rid of the cob webs from the holidays.

Club Membership – Important
Club membership renewal forms will be handed out over the next few weeks, these need to be completed in full (to ensure all details are up to date) and returned with the renewal fee by the end of the month. Everyone will then be issued with an information pack with all important info relating to the club (policies etc…) that we follow, including guidelines on what you do if you’ve got complaints, questions, ideas etc… The renewal fee is £10pa, there will be a pro-rata payment for those who have became members within the last 12 months.

Competition – For advanced grades only, 11 years+
There is an English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Competition on Sunday 22nd January in Sheffield, the club has arranged a mini bus as transport (thanks to Hartlepool College of FE). Any students wanting to enter need to pay the relevant entry fees (& £10 transport cost) on Friday 6th January, No exceptions. I know this is short notice but the closing date is Saturday 7th. Download the full entry form for information only, parents and students  can not submit entries themselves, they must go through the club. If you have any questions about this then give me a call as soon as possible (07984 798634).

The above information should have been delivered to our members via email, if you didn’t receive yours then please contact us.

2012 Competition Calendar

SUN 22nd JANUARY – EKF Kyu Grade Championships, Sheffield (Selected students only)

SAT 4th FEBRUARY – Hartlepool Wadokai Junior/Beginner Club-Only Championships, Hartlepool (All members, grades TBC)

SUN 5th FEBRUARY – Wellbeck Invitational Championships, Loughborough (All members, 12-30yrs Kata; 13-30yrs Kumite)

SUN 4th MARCH – Chojinkai Children’s & Cadet’s Championships, Penrith (All members, 6-17yrs)

SUN 18th MARCH – Hartlepool Wadokai Inter-Club Karate Champonships, Brierton Sports Centre, Hartlepool (All members)

SAT 21st & SUN 22nd APRIL – EKF National Championships, Sheffield

SUN 13th MAY – Aiwakai National Invitational Championships, Alfreton

SUN 8th JULY – CEWKA Championships, Birmingham

SUN 19th AUGUST – South Yorkshire Championships

SUN 30th SEPTEMBER – Hon Yoso Kai Championships, Worcester

SUN 14th OCTOBER – Hartlepool Wadokai Club-Only Championships, Hartlepool

3rd & 4th NOV  – Wadokai European Championships, Venice, Italy

SUN 18th NOVEMBER – Hartlepool Wadokai JUNIOR Inter-Club Championships, Hartlepool (All members, 5-18yrs)

In addition to the above dates, some other events might be added (e.g. British) depending upon squad commitment to training and ability. Competitors wanting to select for the Wadokai England Squad in 2012 should put ALL of the above dates into their diaries.

Those students ‘serious’ about competition should attend the weekly Squad Session (Wednesday 7-8pm).


December 2011

Hartlepool Wadokai’ last Karate session of the year will be Wednesday 21st December. Classes will resume as normal from Friday 6th January 2012.

DECEMBER EVENTS

Sunday 4th December, Aiwakai FREE members course, Alfreton Leisure Centre.
This is a free training course with Sakagami Sensei for all Aiwakai licence holders. All club members are welcome to attend the course (take your licence with you) but you will have to make your own travel arrangements. Also, please inform a club instructor before attending.

Friday 9th December, Last class of the year at Throston Primary School

Monday 12th DecemberHartlepool Wadokai Club Grading, Owton Manor Primary School, 6-8pm
All students with the required number of tags will be able to grade provided their attendance has been sufficient. An ‘application to grade’ form must be completed.

Wednesday 14th December, Last classes of the year at Owton Manor Primary School

5-6pm – kids beginners, normal class
6-7pm – family class, last training session of the year.
7-8pm – NO competition class today.

Friday 16th DecemberLast classes of the year at Belle Vue
6-7pm – kids beginners
7-8.30pm – kids advanced

Saturday 17th DecemberHartlepool Wadokai End of Year Training Course & Christmas Party, Belle Vue Sports Centre
12-2pm – FREE training course for ALL students.
3-5pm – Kids Christmas Party. Tickets are £3 each, this includes a free selection box. Family and friends are also welcome to come along (as long they get tickets 🙂 ).

7pm onwards – Adult social, all welcome…

Friday6th January 2012, Belle Vue Classes re-start, Belle Vue Sports Centre
6-7pm – kids beginners, normal class
7-8.30pm – kids beginners, normal class