Sunday 10th November saw ESKA hold its annual championships at the Stevenage Hombu. This year was a special year, as ESKA celebrated its 40th anniversary, so the competition was bigger and better than ever before. 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 Family Team Kata, which was a new category for 2019 to celebrate our 40th year. The category was a huge sucess with over 20 entries… A special mention to Graham Fountain’s team with 8 members of the team. It was also great to see Sensei Stones’ family ‘attempt’ Unsu :-).

We then moved onto the lower grade categories for Kata and Basics. 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.

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.

With the kata completed the only events left were freestyle events which, as always, were fiercely contested.

Overall it was a great competition with over 350 entries. The contestants all showed great determination and karate spirit.

Results

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

Video

This year we have a special video of the day, thanks to Sensei Jo Potts. If you’ve not seen it yet… here it is:

Pictures

Here are all of the photos from the event…