Karate England national open championships 2012
The big one for 2012 and it was great to see Steve Wellington there with a very strong Welsh squad which eventually finished second in the medals table overall. Strangely more individual entries than last year but less teams, it was a highly competitive day with five areas going non stop.
The Shikon squad dominated the kumite events as expected but other squads are now pushing up the table.
In the kata events karate Wales took six golds showing some good diversity across the styles getting medals in shotokan , shito ryu and wado ryu sections.
Hanko Ryu, Seishan, IKA, SASKA, OSTMA, N Ireland and York KUGB all picked up numerous medals as well.
In the children’s events there were many noteworthy finals, a 4-3 win for Christ slack (Karate Wales) over William Hutson from OSTMA
A real battle between Jacob Beasley (OSTMA) and Milo Chetwynd Talbot (Hanko Ryu).
Between old rivals Mairead Ladbrooke (Shikon) and Terri Naylor (SESK)
Joshua Valentine repeated his success from previous years to take the boys 10-12 u45k.
Others that defended their titles included Rachel Barton Hagger , Luke Richardson and James Eades .
In the teams results were even between UKA Shikon and SESk with two golds a piece.
In the cadet and senior events newcomer James Catt (Shikon) was outstanding on the day in the male cadet u60. At only 48k he gave away a lot of size and weight but showed class in taking the gold.
The other male cadet sections went to Sam Hulbert (SESK) and current European/World champion Charlie Collins ( Shikon) who also entered and won the junior heavyweight section.
Maddison Moore (BKO)in the female cadets repeated this feat taking the lightweight in both cadet and junior categories. Rebecca Barton Hagger taking the other golds there.
In the seniors Garrick Eastwood (BKO) had a great final against Joby Wilson (OSTMA). Taking the gold in both Junior and senior lightweight sections and the men’s lightweight shubo ippon .
Dan Cuthbert (Shikon) retained his title from last year’s middleweight event and Jason Marquis (Shikon) took heavyweight gold.
Ashley Ogbekene remains the main force in the ladies seniors but there are new faces coming up.
It was great to see old warrior Sal Malik from BKO show his face again and he did so successfully winning both the veterans and the shubo Ippon events.
In the cadet and senior teams OSTMA and Shikon seemed to control the cadet events but the senior events had a different flavour this year with a geographical feel being introduced. The female seniors saw Essex Eagles beat the London Lionesses. And in the men’s the Essex Eagles again won beating the Oxford Harriers leaving the Teesside Tigers to take the bronze.
An interesting development from Karate England , let’s see where this goes next year.
All in all a great day and good luck to the 80 strong Karate England contingent going to Novi Sad in Serbia next week for the World U21 championships