Meopham Open Competition Sunday 14 March 2010

6 Competitors 4 Golds 2 Silvers 1 Bronze.

The Khalsa Karate Squad had an extremely successful competition bringing home four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Three of our young kata squad found themselves in the same category – 10 -12 years 4th – 1st kyu. With points scored in the first round and only the top four going through to a semi and final it was always going to be tough. Luke Hardcastle was one of the youngest and achieved a good score of 7.1, 6.9, 6.8 with his bassai dai which showed lots of good technical points and commitment. Sister Frannie also performed bassai dai with great precision and power and was rewarded with an excellent score of 7.1, 7.1, 6.9 and was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the top four. Bleu Parris continued his wining form with an unbeatable unshu in the first round giving him 7.4, 7.2, 7.2 and the clear lead. He then swept through his semi with Annan and an equally impressive performance of Chatanyara in the final.

Kira Munns-Charlton had some formidable opposition in her category (12 – 15 years 4th – 1st kyu), but she did not let that put her off and her bassai dai earned her the second highest score of 7.2, 7.1, 7.1 and a place in the semi finals. She then opted to try out sepei for the first time in competition and although she narrowly lost out 1-2, she must be pleased with her performance and a bronze medal.

Frannie Hardcastle was the first of our fighters on the mat in the Girls Kumite 10 – 11 years 5th kyu – Dan grade. She began with a comfortable win of 4-1, fighting calmly and placing her punches accurately. The second round was her most challenging but she kept control and managed to score the vital point to win 1-0 and earn a place in the final. By then Frannie was in her stride and although she received a blow to the face near the end she bravely regained her composure to keep her 3-0 lead and take the gold.

Cuba and Bleu Parris were in the same category – Boys 10 – 11 years 5th kyu to Dan, but were luckily in opposite halves of the draw so would not meet until the final should they both get that far. Despite it being one of the largest categories, the boys completely outclassed the opposition, storming through the rounds so quickly that it seemed that Jack Newey was permanently in the coach's chair! Bleu's success in kata must have rubbed off on his fighting because he threw in the complete package of techniques including two fantastic sambons in the second round. He reached the final without losing a point 5-0, 8-0, 8-0. Brother Cuba had an equally impressive run with his usual speed and lightning delivery and an untroubled score of 6-1, 6-2, 8-0. The boys then met in the final, where their mutual respect seemed that neither were keen to go for broke. Cuba took the match 4-0.

Our last fighter Ellie Munns-Charlton had the longest wait before she got on the mat, only to find her opponent in her first round had not turned up! She then faced a very tough opponent in the semi finals but put up an incredibly brave show, eventually losing 4-7 but taking home a bronze medal which must be encouragement as she has been out of competition for some time due to injury.

All in all a good day for the Club and some valuable experience gained. Thanks to Rachel and Jack Newey for coaching and everyone for supporting each other throughout the day.

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