The Basel Masters, Switzerland.

Originally a small squad of 6 students put their names forward to travel to Switzerland for the Basel Masters International. This was the ideal number to make up two kata teams and although only 6 there was some fantastic quality from those chosen. Unfortunately Lola suffered a severe injury in mid July and although I held off as long as possible she was unable to attend and compete. No replacement could be found at such short notice.


Luckily the organiser Christian Wilhelms was most obliging and allowed Anais Errington to compete in both kata teams this may of been the deciding factor in us actually going as the whole trip was in jeopardy due to Lola's injury.

So off we set with the original squad of 5 now bolstered by Luke Chatterje and Reuben Fellows also giving it a go. 

We arrived around lunchtime at Basel and we all went our own ways to do a bit exploring. The following day we all met nice and early for a full sight seeing day round the city. Which for me was the high light of the trip, Basel itself is an interesting place to explore and far from unattractive. The people were friendly, there were some fantastic pubs with a vibrant night life and a top notch free tram service. The only downside was the expense, especially where food was concerned.

The tournament itself was of an exceptional standard throughout and I was pleased with the girls performances. The teams were both hard done by and I personally think one of the few bad decisions of the day was the team final for our older girls in particular.

Individual kata was tough but yet again this year the hard work and dedication of Eve Palmer paid off as she took gold. I was delighted. Anais Errington lost her kata final but also performed beautifully just to reach the final.

Kumite was as hard as the kata and I could not of been happier when Anais and Emma met in the open weight final. Anais again took gold in a nail biting bout as Emma gave it 100% against her much taller friend and opponent. 

But Anais was not finished yet as she moved on to the heavy weight fighting section and yet again worked her way through the rounds to the final where she claimed her second gold of the day.

The success at the competition crowned a glorious weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget. It was worth the expense.