Meopham Open March 2011

Khalsa Champions travelled on Sunday 6th March with a squad of 11 competitors. For many this was there second comp of the year and hoping to build on the successful results at the Yamaguchi.

First up was Noah Allen who entered a late kata category and scored a respectable 20.1 putting Noah in 14th place out of 25.

In kumite first up was Jujhar sehra who at 5 competed against kids up to 7 years plus. Jujhar definitely had the aggression but not the control and lost 0-3 for warnings on being too aggressive.

Next was Josh Dugdale who won his 1st round 2-0, won quarters 2-1 and won the semi 5-0, only to find out his semi final the organisers picked the wrong fighter, meaning josh had to fight again but lost 1-5 costing him a well deserved bronze.

Alexandra James was next and hoping to build on her success at the yamaguchi taking gold. Alex's first round she won 8-0, to reach the quarters and was winning 5-2 but lost out to 2 fantastic kicks by her opponent to cause Alex to loose out 5-8.

Ivan Sheikh and Junior Williams were in the same category and like Alexandra Junior was hoping to build on his last comp where he won gold. In his first round Junior won with ease 8-1, but lost out in the quarters 1-3 by a late roundhouse. Ivan unfortunately wasn't firing as he has been training due moving area and this showed as in his last fight he fought fantastic, this time he couldn't deliver the aggressiveness he had losing out 1-8.

Last two of the juniors up were Noah Allen and Tom Dugdale and again winning and medalling in all his comps of late we had high hopes for Noah, but unfortunately Noah was entered into a higher category which shook him slightly and when he fought his category he just couldn't find his techniques, and he lost to the eventual finalist 2-6.

Tom Dugdale fought a fantastic fight having a bye first round, winning his second and reaching the quarters against and very good fighter but holding his nerve winning 2-0. Having reached the semis Tom was out done by a more experienced fighter but took a well deserved bronze medal medal!!!

The older A squad in Patrick, Adrian, Adam and Sophie were last up with Adam Bhaji was first up. He fought a fantastic fight after 6 months off the mat and although he was winning in the early part of the fight was overtaken by an England A Squad member losing 2-8.

Next up was Sophie who entered 3 categories, taking Gold in her age category, Silver in Cadets and Silver in Seniors. Sophie was firing on all cylinders today taking nearly all the fights to maximum points.

Last up were Adrian and Patrick and both fought a fantastic first round, however both came up against two England fighters in the quarters. Both Adrian and Patrick fought a fantastic fight against their more experienced and successful England opponents but both just fell short of the win.

Sensei Sat commented "I couldn't be more proud of the squad today!!. There hard work, dedication and commitment to there training and desire to win continues to impress me!! The hard work coach Paul has done is definitely paying off and the desire the squad shows continues to grow. A huge thank you to all the competitors who made the day so enjoyable and to Sensei Michelle King who came and organised the squad entries, to Sensei Paul Abel for all the hard work he continues to do with the squad, Sensei Lesley Baker to help cover classes and to all the members behind the scenes that support the club!!!"

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