One week after the Swedish open a hasty squad was put together to enter this year Chojinkai tournament which is a top quality competition with encouraging categories for all ages and grades below 17 years. The volume of categories on offer enabled me to invite in a larger span of students and we ended up entering 45 which was decent attempt on one weeks’ notice. 

The day started pretty much on time but by lunch was two hours behind schedule and I was seriously worried my cadets and older children would not compete at all. I need not have worried as Doug cut a few corners and got things back on track. The tournament itself was brilliant and the best Chojinkai to date with foreign squads from Malta and top clubs from England and Scotland in attendance. The Scots as usual were phenomenal in kumite especially CEK club which I heard entered 77 students ! So our kids had to perform at their best and they did. In individual kata high grade sections the winners came together from the boys section and the girls section for a head to head to create a supreme kata champ in each group . Dokans three kata winners Eve Palmer / Hannah Nicholson and Marcus Henderson all won the supreme title. Brilliant work guys and well done to other individual winners in lower grade sections too, especially the 10 to 11 year old girls where we won all four medals. In individual kumite Emma Snaith turned on the style to take another fighting gold as did Olivia Fellows, Emma Cole and Eleisha Mitchinson. Winning individual fighting sections in this tournament is something to be proud of; in fact medalling here in kumite is something to proud of. Dokan finished the day on 22 gold medals, 34 silver and 27 bronze medals a total of 83 medals which is outstanding. Everyone had a fantastic day and for me it was the most enjoyable tournament of the year so far. The extra hard work I have put in to preparing my squad for 2017 started last November and the kids have done as they were told and are now reaping the benefits. I hope to continue the winning streak throughout 2017 but for many of my young squad members my plans for their major emergence is 2018 so hang in there everyone.  AND A BIG WELL DONE.  Click on the ink below for the gallery of photos.