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Wadokai England – Selections part 3

Saturday 11th July 2015

The final Wadokai England selections have been completed today in Leicester. Our guys were all selecting for Team or Pairs Kata to compete at the Federation European Wadokai Championships in Budapest in October. Carl (along with Sensei  Mick Ryde from Ripley) was also mirror judging the final Kumite selections and a giant Team Kumite match made up of 18 of the England fighters heading to Japan in a few weeks for the Wado World Cup.

Well done to Lewis Muldown who has maintained his positions on the squad from last year, well done to Joe F who maintained his Kumite position and also got selected for individual and Team Kata. Also a massive high five to both Joe H and Harvey on being selected to the Wadokai England team for the first time.

  • Joe Flounders – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata, individual Kumite
  • Joe Hind – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata
  • Harvey Kerridge – Selected for Pairs Kata, individual Kumite
  • Lewis Muldown – Selected for individual Kata, Team Kata, individual Kumite

Unfortunately, both Paul White and Daniel Spires were unsuccessful this time around in the very competitive 14-15 year category, this was possibly made more difficult by being a Wado World Cup year. Daniel also stepped up to this age group this year after winning 12-13 year Male Team Kata Gold at last year’s European Championships in Reading, this is Paul’s first year of training and competing with the squad.

As you can expect, this is disappointing for them both, especially given all the hard work they’ve put into their Karate this year and their successes in recent championships. Thankfully they are tough lads, and they know that this is just one small part of what they train so hard for.They will therefore bounce back from this with more focus and determination in their training, no doubt twice as hard as previously. Both, along with most of the other lads above will continue working towards the British Karate Federation Championships early in September and a number of other events after that.

Well done guys, no rest though as we have our Club-Only Summer Championships tomorrow at the Dojo. See you then.

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England call up for World Cup

2015 is Wado World Cup year, this championship only comes around every 5 years and is held in Japan.
The 2010 event saw both Sensei Amy & Sensei Carl compete as part of the Wadokai England squad. Sensei Amy brought back two very well deserved BRONZE medals for her efforts, and thus helped England place a respectable 4th (if I remember correctly) in the medal tally. (Carl ended up pulling out of both Kata & Kumite events through injury).

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This time around we have one of our students competing with the Wadokai England squad, Lewis Muldown was pre-selected for the WWC Squad just before Christmas and it looks like he will be joining one of the biggest Wadokai England team’s to visit Japan in recent history.

The Wado World Cup will once again take place in Nagoya city on 14th & 15th August and some athletes choosing to stay on for the JKF-Wadokai National Championships two weeks later in Tokyo. This is a huge competition with over 2000 athletes competing over two days.

Realistically, the cost per athlete for this event will be circa £2000 factoring in flights, hotels in two different cities, JR pass (cheapest & quickest option for travelling between the two cities) and sustenance whilst there. For the vast majority of athletes this will be entirely self funded, this doesn’t even consider the preparatory training costs, equipment & costs of chaperones! – This is a considerable amount when you think that the athletes are representing their country!

Sport England doesn’t really sponsor Karate athletes and even if they did, this is a single style (Wado) event so it would be unlikely to qualify for funding anyway. The NGB only funds a very small number of elite athletes and again, not for single style events.

The club will be doing what it can to sponsor Lewis and we would like to ask local businesses and friends to help if they can. The club is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) so any donations are entirely tax deductable and we can also claim gift aid (meaning that your contribution is further increased by the tax man).

Please contact the club for more information (Tel: 07984 798634, Email: carl@hartlepoolwadokai.com).

 

Update:

This article was amended on 3rd Feb 2015 at 16:30. The original article stated that the JKF-Wadokai Nationals would take place the week after the WWC, this has been changed to state that the event will take place two weeks later. CJ


Japan Nationals Results – Japanese only

 

I’ve been looking long and hard for an online list of the Japan National results and have finally found them:

http://www.karatedo.co.jp/wado/taikai/46taikai/index.html

They are mostly in Japanese, but you can pick out the occasional foreign name.

Also, the following two downloadable documents may be of interest:

http://wado-kyouka.sakura.ne.jp/tournament2010kata.xls

&

http://wado-kyouka.sakura.ne.jp/tournament2010kumite.xls

These are downloadable MS EXCEL documents with the Kata & Kumite draws from the Wado World Cup 2010, as listed in the official programs. If I get chance I’ll highlight them so that it shows who won and how… enjoy.


Wadokai Nationals, running order…

Arakawa Sensei (Shiramizu) photo copied this running order schedule for me for Saturday’s JKF-Wadokai National Champioonships.

– sorry, the paper was folded in my pocket but if you download the image you should be able to see all the categories ok…


The use of YouTube in Karate clubs…

Our Karate club recently purchased a really cool new Sony Handycam (Camcorder). It’s really compact, meaning that it fits easily into our kit bag and totally idiot proof, meaning that even I can operate it and make it do what it’s supposed to… One of the reasons for this purchase is to use it to record our performances in Kata / Kumite etc… (And our students) on a more frequent basis. Sites like YouTube allows us to post instructional videos for our members to see, and also our student’s performances… then give the students private access to the video’s for them to study – perfect for during the holidays!

During the Wado World Cup & Japan Nationals, we’ll be recording a lot of JKF-Wadokai kata and posted the videos online as their is a big shortage of footage available.

After the Wado World Cup*, we’ll be posting Kata videos performed by Amy and I for our students to study.

*We’re not posting them BEFORE the WWC because we can’t let our competition see how good/bad we are 🙂


Fighting fit…

Just a quick update to let my few readers know that I’ve been given the ‘green light’ from the Physio, I’ve moved on from RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to MICE (Movement, Ice….) And I’ve been authorised to do some light stretching today too. Seiza is still beyond me, but another day or so and I’ll be 100% fit… ok, maybe 99.9% fit.

It’s been an eye opener being on crutches when out and about, I know people are trying to be helpful but some naturally assume that you can’t quite manage to open doors etc… or wait your turn at queues. It became quite frustrating so I quickly returned the crutches and made do with limping along everywhere instead… One of the England squad suggested that I practise the famous Karate Kid crane kick (see vid)

But instead, I was reminded of the equally famous (In Britain at least) Monty Python comedy sketch ‘The Black Knight’… One of the most memorable scenes from the  Python library… ‘it’s only a flesh wound…!’

This video clip is NOT SUITABLE for younger viewers:

Special Thanks…

The parents (who are also instructors at our Karate club) are on holiday this week so it was always going to be a busy last week in England. Mr Vince has been a great help this week despite being full of the dreaded MAN-FLU, he’s been helping at all the classes and it’s much appreciated. Amy has been a superstar this week too. She was already working everyday this week, and then she would have been training in between. She’s managed to change all of her shifts at work to early morning shifts to lead our Karate classes each evening. This isn’t the ideal situation as Amy’s now on the go almost non stop from 7am until 9pm each day.

Now, I need to start packing and sort out my ITunes playlists…


..let’s talk about the weather

So, my shiny new phone has basically got  ‘Big Brother’ pre-installed, no not the really bad TV program, the secret service!  My phone knows who I am, where I am and what I’m up to… one of the benefits of this is that the phone can tell me what the weather is, where I am, and also where I’m going.

Today’s weather in Hartlepool, my home town has been a scorching 25 degrees celsius, with lows of 16 degrees… Tokyo, where we’ll be in a few weeks has been 33 degrees celsius, with lows of 27!!!

It’s actually hotter there at night than it is here during the day.

Needless to say that i’m probably going to melt when we land in Tokyo…


4 week countdown…

there’s only 4 weeks to go until Carl & Amy head off to Japan for the Wado World Cup & the Wadokai National Championships… Two MASSIVE competitions which are being held in two different cities in Japan.

14th & 15th August, Wado World Cup, Nagoya City

This comp is the highest level ‘single-style’ competition in our international organisation, the JKF-Wadokai. Each country will send their top two senior’s for each weight division in Kumite and only two senior’s for Kata.

21st & 22nd August, JKF-Wadokai National Championships, Tokyo

This comp will be bigger, and in some ways, tougher than the Wado World Cup. This competition allows unlimited entries into ALL categories. Carl has competed in this competition twice already, and Amy once.

This blog will cover some of the prep work that they are doing in the final few weeks and if they remember may also include some hints and tips to those of you interested in Karate…

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