Sunday 29th October saw ESKA hold its annual championships at the Stevenage Hombu. As always, the event was a great success and all that attended enjoyed the high quality of karate on show. From the youngest junior to the oldest adult; everyone showed a high level of commitment and spirit. Judges were particularly impressed with the etiquette of the students participating.

Formal Bow

The morning began with all participants lined up opposite the association judges and officials. After a formal bow, the participants were given their participation medals and certificates. As an association we feel it is important to recognise that taking part in a competition like this is an achievement in itself. Therefore we want to reward all students that give up their time to represent their clubs at the championship.

The first events of the day were for the junior Green belt and below. It was great to see so many participants with smiles on their faces. The judges of these events were delighted by the high standards displayed by the lower grades. One parent watching her son in the Blue belt event commented that; “it is lovely to see how much they (the participants) are enjoying the day. It is a real credit to the instructors for organising this.”

Following the lower grades; the rest of the junior events began with the same level of enthusiasm. Some of the techniques shown by brown belts in their katas were truly outstanding and highlighted their commitment to their training and the input of their instructors.

Adults Competition

With junior events finished, it was time for the adults to begin. With lower grades going first, the day eventually culminated in the black belt categories. The black belt kata category saw many of the association’s instructors displaying high quality techniques and fantastic spirit. This resulted in a final between Jo Potts (2nd Dan) and Sensei Andrew Quenet (3rd Dan) both performing Kanku-Sho with Sensei Andrew Quenet emerging the victor.

With the kata completed the only events left were the male and female freestyle events which, as always, were fiercely contested.
In the mens event, after several rounds of freestyle against many spirited high grade brown belts, the final saw the same two finalists from last year (Sensei Masaya and Jo Potts) competing for first place. This year it was the turn of Sensei Masaya to win after a closely fought contest.
For the female event the judges commented on the high level of commitment shown by the participants. In the adult female freestyle this concluded with a hard fought contest between Katie Bridle (St Albans) and Victoria Leer (Hertford). The eventual winner was Katie, congratulations to all who took part in this event. 
 
The female “cadets” category, much like the rest of the competition, saw great spirit by all. The finalists, Channelle De Peralta and Jasmine Hawley, fought fiercely with the eventual winner being Jasmine. It was great to see so many competitors taking part in the freestyle (kumite) events.

Overall it was a great competition with over 500 entries. The contestants all showed great determination and karate spirit.

It was also good to see students from Ickleford and Biggleswade clubs competing for the first time. Both clubs joined the association this year and their students enjoyed a successful competition.

Results

Below are the official results from the day. Click on the tabs to reveal the results to each category.

 

Thank you

As always, we must thank the support from the spectators who really encouraged all participants. The famous “Cambridge Corner” were as vocal as ever and no doubt helped Cambridge participants in their successes. We appreciate that the competition is a long day but well worth it.

There was over 50 black belts helping on the day judging, refereeing and officiating supported by adult kyu grades which kept the championship running smoothly.

We would like to thank the chief kumite referee Sensei Gavin Paul (6th Dan). and chief kata judge Sensei Paul Raymond (6th Dan). The chief area referees and judges Sensei Owen Ramsden (6th Dan), Sensei Paul Grimsey (6th Dan), Sensei John Gillespie (6th Dan) Sensei Tony Stones (5th Dan), Sensei Angus Pearson (5th Dan), Sensei Graeme Main(5th Dan) and all the other judges, referees and officials and area helpers.

Matt and Fiona Raper for organising the area running order on the day.

Our announcer Sensei Luke Stephens Chandler (3rd Dan).

Thanks must also go to our photographer Luke Santilli (2nd Dan).

Thank you as well to Steve Pearce (2nd Dan) who promoted the competition and constructed the new website you are viewing this on!

Of course a final thank you must go to Sensei Nursey (9th Dan) and Raesa Nursey (5th Dan), for making the event possible and overseeing another successful year of karate at ESKA.
We are lucky in ESKA as many associations do not hold competitions due to the cost and logistics involved. Thank you to everyone for another great event.

Oss!

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