On Sunday 26th November a squad of 29 Washinkai students from Canons (12) and South Mitcham (17) Karate Clubs travelled to Weston super Mare to compete in the Western Karate Union Winter Open Invitational Competition at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. We had a very early start (5am) as this was a four hour journey.
As a British Referee Sensei Mike Beasley has officiated at WKU Open competitions for several years and was present in this capacity on the day.
While many of the South London squad have competed in Washinkai tournaments in the past this was the first major open competition for everyone.
Senseis Roy Gould, Diane Boyd, Jean Wedga and Annette Turpin were present as coaches.
There were 850 competitors including junior National squad members from Wales and England and the standard was impressive.
The Washinkai squad did extremely well, competing in junior and cadet events – Kata, Kumite and Shobu Jukuren (kick bag) with many progressing through several rounds.
At the end of a very long day we came away with Silver (Keira, SMKC) and Bronze (Catherine, SMKC) in Kumite – girls’ 4th Kyu and above, age 13-15 years; Bronze (Anusan, Canons) individual Kata, 5th & 4th Kyu, age 13-15 years, and Bronze in Team Kata (Mehdi, Angela and Rithanyan, Canons) age up to 15 years.
Many thanks to the Parents, who tirelessly support their children’s training and attendance at competitions…and a very BIG ‘thank you’ to Stuart, our coach driver/Karateka/parent for getting us safely there and back!