2014 karateSport England Championships

2014 karateSport England Championships

The KSE championships may have outgrown its home at Loughborough Sports Centre,
with an increasing membership and bigger entry , especially from the South of  England it’s likely that the event will move closer to the capital for next year.

This years entry saw old friends from the old EKGB get together for the first time in many years. Joe Anderson, Simon Kidd, Eddie Gillespie, Sean Doyland along with Moira Barber, Ian Cuthbert, Jeff Bottomley, Dave Phillips, Brad Moore, Julia Heenan, Trisha Jordan, Abdu Shaher and of course Mr Victor Charles M.B.E. Put those old hands together with younger English coaches and our friends from  Karate Wales and elsewhere in the UK it looked to be an
interesting day.

Medals in the  kata sections were spread across the board with only Mark Searson’s Seishan really dominating  in the Wado categories.  It’s great to see how the single style kata events have encouraged more people to take part .

In the children’s kumite there was again a wide spread of medals across the various squads  Shikon won four golds and led the way but KARATE WALES,  EUKF, SESK, KYOJI KAI and co pushed them all the way.

In the cadet categories the new ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions saw 14/15 years together in cadet “A” and 16/17 yrs  in cadet “B”.  Tricia Jordan’s SESK and  Joe Anderson/Simon Kidds EUKF  took 2 golds each with some strong performances from Morgan Simmons, Terri Naylor, Kane Jones and James Frewin.

Kyoji Kai’s Aaliyah Fadare did her dad Tunde proud with gold in the female cadet “A” over 55k, whilst IKU cadet world champion James Eades  ((Dave Phillips) showed his class in taking the male cadet “B” over 70k.

Jeff Bottomley s young female cadet Ellie Greenhalgh showed all the usual Seidokan spirit in winning the female cadet B  whilst IKU world junior heavy weight champion Charlie Collins from Ian Cuthberts  Shikon UKA club won the junior under 21 title  beating squad mate and fellow world junior title holder Sam Hulbert  (SESK ) in the final.

In the senior kumite events Abdu Shaher’s BKO and Shikon took three golds apiece.

IKU world lightweight champion Garrick Eastwood (BKO)  beat Shikon’s Mike Cormack in a tightly contested final , the middleweight category saw Ian Cuthbert’s son Daniel beat OSTMA’s Phil Patrick 4-1 finishing off with a beautifully controlled jodan kick 2 seconds from time.

The heavy weight category saw a replay of the Welsh Open final  in Cardiff two weeks ago where Jason Marquis beat Charlie Collins , and despite Charlie taking an early lead Jason made it two in a row with a 6-5 victory.

In the Female junior kumite Brad Moore s daughter Maddie proved her quality yet again by beating Julia Heenan s Rebecca Barton-Hagger but failed to repeat that success in her senior category losing narrowly to Caroline McGrath (BKO).

Mark Nevola from the Andrews Shin gi tai academy won the men’s veterans kumite and Lisa Lethbridge from BH UKA Shikon  ran out Ladies vets champion.

In the male ippon open event we saw an unlikely winner from Jeff Bottomley’s Seidokan, youngster Jack Lynch battled his way through an older and generally bigger field of opponents to deservedly take home the gold.

In the team kata Mark Searson s Seishan took two gold s with Shin gi tai and KSE taking one each.

The EUKF fielded some very strong kumite teams and deservedly won the boys 12 yrs and under in style , Shikon won the girls forcing the EUKF girls to take silver.

In the older category 13/14 years Shikon beat the Shin gi tai boys but the SESK “A” girls beat Seishan in the girls final.

In the cadet teams SESK girls won both SANBON and rotation finals against the Shin gi tai girls and Shikon repeated that feat in the male cadets winning both finals. They beat EUKF 2-1 in the Sanbon event and narrowly defeated SESK  boys in the rotation final.

Shikon again took double gold in the female senior team thanks to Claire Maden, Anna Bott and Chloe Barnes  beating BKO in both finals.

In the men’s team kumite Shikon North faced EUKF in the Sanbon final whilst the rotation final was an all Shikon affair with North facing  South.

In the sanbon final Sam Anderson took the first fight for EUKF beating Jason
Marquis , Charlie Collins took the second fight for  Shikon leaving it down to
Sam Hulbert and Jimmy Farqhuar to decide the match.  Sam eventually took the win
in a outstanding bout leaving Shikon to pick up the gold medals.

In the rotation final we saw why team rotation has become such a popular event with the audience, this final virtually stopped the whole competition whilst everyone watched.

Dan Cuthbert , Mike Cormack and Phil Patrick shortly on their way to represent Karate England in the IKU world championship s in Iguazzu Falls , Brazil facing squad mates Jason Marquis, Charlie Collins and Sam Hulbert (not going to Brazil to represent Karate England). Pressure was on the boys from Brazil to prove their worth.

Dan took an early and deserved but perhaps slightly fortunate lead against Jason Marquis and Phil gradually built on this to take a 5-1 lead for Shikon East. With Dan Cuthbert s younger brother Luke coaching the opposing team (Shikon North) life was going to get difficult  and it did so when a change call brought on Charlie Collins for North. Charlie quickly picked up the points against Phil Patrick and got the score back to 5-5, then the fight went to 6-6 and Mike Cormack came on to face Charlie and immediately blitzed him with a blindingly fast face combination scoring Ippon. 8-6 to Shikon East. Sam Hulbert replaced Charlie and  started to give Mike problems. Dan Cuthbert came on again for Shikon East and  scored a superb close change jodan Mawashi geri on Sam 10-6 to East. Brother Luke brought Charlie back on for North and Charlie immediately went forward with a strong hand combination only to be caught perfectly with a front hand punch which left Charlie spinning into the next tatami. Referees Tom Beaton and John Anderson scored ippon giving the match 12-6 to Shikon East.
A superb exhibition match and indeed an excellent days karate .

Congratulation to Andrew Taylor from Karate Wales for winning the Official of the Day trophy  and many thanks to all the other officials for supporting the event.

Good luck to the 18 strong Karate England squad travelling to Brazil shortly, on this performance they should be able to bring back a few medals .

Anyone interested in joining Karate England or just taking part in our series of ranking events  please contact any of our board member s listed on this web site.

Don’t forget the IKU European under 21 Championships in London in October.