The ESKA squad has recently returned from two WUKF events with some considerable success.
First up was the BASK International held at Brunel University on April 16th. Sensei Masaya took down a slightly smaller squad than usual; partly to gain experience for some first-timers and partly because there was an age limit at an upcoming competition and we don’t like anyone to miss out. We had competitors in both the kata and kumite sections and the medal winners were:
- Rose Peh-Kusmierek – Gold, Cadet Shotokan and Silver, Cadet Open Style
- Elena Clarkson – Gold, Girls Shotokan
- Casey Hunt – Bronze, Boys Shotokan and Bronze, Boys Sanbon Kumite
Unfortunately, not everyone can win medals every time, with Evelyn Llewellyn and Ellen Mortimer’s individual kata’s, Evelyn and Zak’s team kata, and Zak in the boy’s kumite and kata unlucky to not get to the final stages of their categories.
But for a small team this is a fantastic return, so congratulations to all of the competitors and Sensei Masaya.
Karate England International
Next up was the Karate England International in Harlow on April 22nd and 23rd. ESKA took a larger squad this time, and the competition was held over two days with all the kata being on the Saturday and the kumite on the Sunday. We were equally as successful at the BASK competition, particularly in the kata categories on the first day
- Rose Peh-Kusmierek – Gold, Cadet Shotokan
- Jasmine Aubrey – Gold, Ladies Veteran Open Style
- Sensei John Gillespie – Gold, Mens Veteran Open Style
- Oliver De Silva – Silver, Boys Shotokan
- Jack Galloway – Bronze, Cadet Shotokan and Bronze, Cadet Open Style
- Jake Fairbrother – Bronze, Senior Shotokan
- Sensei Matt Allen – Bronze, Mens Veteran Open Style
Theo Price and Max Galloway also competed in the Boys Shotokan and Open Styles categories, and although they didn’t win any medals, they certainly pushed their competitors hard.
We weren’t as successful in the kumite categories on the Sunday as we were in kata on the Saturday: the standard was very high indeed but Nic Petcov, Andreas Petcov, Oliver De Silva, Theo Price, Jack Galloway and Kacper Kedziak all held their own and gained experience for next time!
So, in total, five golds, three silvers and six bronzes over two weekends. A good return indeed. Well done all; thanks to Sensei’s John and Masaya, and the other coaches, Matt, Mick and Jasmine. And particular thanks to all the parents supporting their children; without that support the squad simply wouldn’t exist.
Both of these competitions were under the auspices of the WUKF, one of the largest governing bodies in the world, so all the competitors should feel very proud of what they achieved.