EKF Kyu Grade Championships

Some competitions are fun and you find you have time for a bit chat with the refs and other folk you rarely see. Not this one! The EKF Kyu Grades Championship at Sheffield is manic and organised bedlam where I am kept so busy I can barely think straight, but it is for many the introduction into big time karate tournaments.

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West Yorks Champs

Dokan’s black belt squad hasn't had a chance to compete since the 7th of December. Too long a wait for many and the squad were itching to get some action.

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Chojinkai Penrith Competition

The tournament itself was (thankfully) not as busy as last year, so the day finished at 5.40 for our squad of 29 students. This was one of the good points to the day after we had to withdraw without competing in many of the categories in 2014.

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Hartlepool Wado-Kai Comp

37 clubs and 500 competitor entries crammed in to a small community centre with around 100 spectator seats does not sound like a recipe for a good day, but I have experienced worse days at competitions, far worse.

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EKF Nationals

A far smaller than the usual English nationals with all the under 12 years categories removed yet the day still went on till 8.00 pm. And of course the standard was good throughout the day but more so in certain categories.

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Western Union Competition

Our third successive year entering the WKU competition at Weston-Super-Mare and it just keeps getting better. This year so many families wanted to go that we had to get a 71 seat double decker to transport us there, and a couple of families drove.

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Four Nations, Glasgow

This was a competition we did not attend last year and we very nearly did not attend again this year as filling the coach for two night stop-overs is becoming increasingly difficult.

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2015 Summer Inter-Club

After the initial disappointment that over ten of my regular and high quality students weren’t going to compete the entries flowed in steadily but slowly. By the time the day arrived we had 127 students competing at the event.

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Worcester Revisited

Last year seemed a long time ago as we headed for our second trip to Worcester for The Central England karate tournament. The weather was beautiful so some of us were dropped off seven miles short of our destination at Droitwich Lido, an open air salt water swimming pool situated in a park.

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British International Open

Right on the back of the kids six week summer break is an awkward time to host a big tournament. Practicing teams etc. is nigh on impossible so it was with a bit of trepidation that we set off for Glasgow on the 4th of September.

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North of England Open

A late decision to enter the first North of England karate championships proved to be a good one. I hastily texted out to gauge interest on my return from Glasgow and had three days to sort our entry and email it off to the organisers, Paul and Kevin Royston. Twenty-two Dokan students took up the challenge, a few of them from Wes Chatterjes Shungou club.

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Polish International

A big squad of seventeen Dokan students set off from Newcastle airport on October the 9th for a two day international competition in Poland at Bielsko – Biala. This is one of Europe's largest internationals attracting worldwide entries.

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