South Yorkshire Karate Championships 2011

South Yorkshire Karate Championships 20114 Competitors 3 Golds and 1 Bronze.

On Sunday, 7th August, Khalsa Champions travelled to Barnsley Metrodome to compete in the 4th Annual South Yorkshire Karate Championships. This tournament turned out to be a large and competitive tournament.

As a result of the summer holiday period, Khalsa went to the competition with a small group. Competing for Khalsa were Sophie Santillo, Alexandra James, Noah Allen and Junior Williams.

First up was Alexandra James who was in an extremely competitive category of 8 and 9 year olds. Alex seemed to draw the toughest girls throughout her category, but managed a competitive, but comfortable 4-3 in the first round. Facing a seasoned competitor in the semi-finals, Alex settled in well and managed her fight to a very impressive 4-1 victory. Finally, Alex faced another experienced fighter for the gold. In this fight Alex was efficient and patient and won in an impressive 3-0! Awesome fighting Alex!!

Next up was Noah Allen. Noah had an incredibly large category of nearly 30 boys. Noah avoided a first round match-up and again, drew a very fine competitor in the 2nd round. Noah was tested, but showed some real sharpness to outlast some stingy scoring for a 4-3. Noah then drew another tidy fighter and went down quickly to a Sambon and a penalty award for a 0-4 deficit. To Noah’s credit, he showed his sharpness and worked his way back to a 4-4 draw to go to extra time. In a very cagey extra minute, Noah lost out to a 0-1 decision to the eventual group winner. Well done to Noah!!!

The last of our youngest competitors was Junior Williams, 10 years old, who was entered into the 10-12 year old group. This group was oozing with class and Junior was not out of place. Points were hard to come by and the judges were looking for real quality. Junior won his first fight 1-0. Junior was then drawn in with a seasoned and older competitor and held his own, losing out to a very close 0-2 decision. Well done Junior, that’s a serious category that you’ve got years to grow into!

We then turned our attention to Sophie Santillo, who was entered into the 16-17 Category, as well as the Open Category. In Sophie’s first fight in the 16-17’s, Sophie was sharp and took a handy lead. That would prove necessary as Sophie encountered a very fine line between scoring and being penalized and gifted a few points away. However, Sophie kept the pressure on and won 6-4. In Sophie’s Semi-Final the points didn’t go her way, although on another day it may well have looked very different. Sophie takes Bronze. Moving on to the Open Category, Sophie was drawn in with the same fighter for her first fight and had a very close match, eventually losing out in a 0-1 decision. Tough day for a very tired fighter, next time Soph!!

In a final effort, our two youngest competitors, Noah and Alexandra decided to team up and take on the 9 and under Team Kumite. However, having only two competitors for a three-member team category, they inherited the disadvantage of entering with a loss in each round. In the style of the day for these two, they took this challenge on and fought some very tidy fights doing the necessary to advance in style each round. The trickiest round was our first in which we needed to pick up a heavy win in the last fight to go forward, and Alex did the job with a 10-1 victory. After that, we had a series of very tidy and efficient fights to see off the rest of the field and take the Gold! Well done you two, we are all proud of you!!

This was a competition that allowed our younger competitors to get to see some very well organised fighters. There were not any easy wins here and our two youngest nearly swept the entire competition for 9 and under. For Junior and Sophie it was a time to see much older and experienced competition. They all belonged with the best of their categories. Well done to everyone on another nice medal haul!

Sensei Sat commented “Today’s and previous consistent results show all the hard work and commitment the juniors and adults are putting into their karate. I am very very excited with the potential of the squad and with many more members away the club continues to grow from strength to strength!! A huge thank you to Coaches Sophie Santillo, Chris Allen and Kash Mirza and parents Alanagh and Anthony for taking the small squad and helping the team succeed again!! What a great future the squad has!! Well done everyone Fantastic Results!!!

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