British Championships 10th September 2010

Khalsa Karate brought home a silver and bronze medal.

A depleted squad of just three people made it to Edinburgh to the British Championships and this seemed to be true for lots of clubs as attendances were not high. However, despite low numbers in some categories it was a friendly and well organised event.

With Jack not yet back to full fitness, Rachel Newey was our sole entrant in the kata. She started in the 16-17 years category with a resounding 3-0 start in the compulsories with her basai dai. This was short-lived though as she then lost 1-2 and with no repercharge – despite the competition being run under WKF rules – that was the end for her. However there was better news in the Senior category which due to unfortunate planning was running simultaneously. Rachel got into her stride, reaching the final where she faced Scotland's number one senior. She performed a strong chatanyara but it was not to be and she had to settle for the silver medal.

Sophie Santillo got off to a nervous start in the kumite, narrowly losing in the first round of a very small category. However she did not let that deter her when she then went into the Open category. Her first round was tight but she did not let her guard down and won 5-4. After that her confidence returned and she began to fight like the Sophie we know, with guts as well as flair. Despite facing girls much heavier and more experienced than her she kept her cool and went through the next two rounds without conceding a point 6-0 and then 3-0. This took her to the semi finals where she fought bravely but eventually lost 1-4 to earn a very respectable bronze medal.

Finally Harry Cannon stepped onto the mat for the first time in over two years. Having only entered at the last minute as he was coming to Scotland anyway, there were several in his category wary of his presence. His first round started promisingly with Harry's speed and agility dominating his opponent. However a mistimed kick caused Harry to have a heavy nosebleed. Ten minutes later, he resumed the fight only for the bleeding to return and so the bout was stopped thus ending his short return to kumite. We later discovered his nose was actually broken.

So three competitors, two medals a broken nose.

Sensei Sat commented "I am very proud of my students performance, this weekend. They all performed superbly both on and off the mats and continue to show the heart and will power that it takes to become a winner!!! WELL DONE ALL!!!!

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