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Portugal 2014

49th European Senior Karate Championships Tampere, Finland May 1st - 4th 2014

The below are reports and results posted from Finland.

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Day 3 – Finals Day

Day three was individual finals day and England had two athletes competing, Alton Brown in the male -75kg bronze medal match and Jordan Thomas male -67kg final.

First up was Alton Brown with a real opportunity to win England’s first medal of the championships, competing against DONA of France. Although Dona is a well decorated athlete he has not been in great form in recent years which presented realistic expectations of a medal and up against the ‘in form’ Alton Brown of England. The bout itself proved to be a disappointing one and in a largely inactive bout Alton was unable to claw back the two point deficit and proceeded to lose 0-8 on category two warnings. Unable to recapture the drive and performance of day one we had settle for fifth place overall. The flip side being, if this was the 2015 European Championships, Alton would have automatically qualified for a place in the 2015 European Olympics being held in Baku Azerbaijan next year. In addition Alton has gained important WKF ranking points of which will improve his World ranking status, so therefore a great effort over all.

The last individual match of the championships and England’s ‘Golden’ opportunity now rested on the young shoulders of Jordan Thomas. On day one Jordan was in fantastic form scoring a total of 16 points only conceding two against and although this is not a guarantee of success it could be argued that it is sound performance indicator and we were confident in his scoring abilities. Jordan was up against the competitor from Azerbaijan, ALIYEV NIYAZI and as expected proved to be a very tactical and close bout. Jordan scored first with a counter punch found it difficult to hold onto the lead and his opponent drew back the match 1-1. In line with the rules in the event of a draw, throughout the match Jordan was better tactically and committed to more attacks therefore won the bout (and the title) on a 3-2 decision.

‘Congratulations to Jordan Thomas’, the English Karate Federations first Senior European Champion and England’s second over 14 year span. His name now resides in the record books next to names of former Senior European Champions such as, Leon Walters, Wayne Otto, Mick Sailsman, Mervyn Etienne, Molly Samuel-Laporte, Jillian Toney, Willie Thomas (phew, to mention but a few) and now Jordan Thomas -67kg Senior European Champion 2014.

Summary

Major championships always bring sorrow with joy, elation and despair, both physical and emotional pain, but the excitement and adrenalin of competing against Europe’s finest keeps us coming back for more. Whether we won, lost or drew all the EKF competitors did their country proud and has acted with distinction both on and off the tatami. Note on the medal table England came joint sixth and that it does not say a name of a category but simply ‘England’, thus meaning we all share in this in this success and indeed are a part of it.

Final statistics; 1 x 9th place, 2 x 7th place, 1 x 5th place, and 1 x 1st place. Therefore five of the nine individual entrants finished in the top nine in Europe of which can only mean one thing. England is on the rise. The message is a simple one, ENGLAND – ‘YES WE CAN’

Thank you to the EKF staff that have worked to support the squad both prior and during the event.

  • Assistant coaches Davin Pack & Paul Newby
  • Squad physiotherapist Mohinder Surdhar Phd
  • Head of Delegation/EKF Admin Debbie Sell
  • EKF Board members
  • Sponsors BLITZ Martial Arts Supplies

As national coach it has been a privilege to represent the EKF at major championships and shoulder the responsibility and trust placed in me to nurture and develop England finest. THANK YOU

Willie Thomas National Coach

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2nd May - Day 2 of Competition

Day 2

The second day started with both male and female Kata events England’s male team athletes were Robert Bingham, John Gardiner and Chris Karwacinski. The female team were Natalie Payne, Aimee Sell and Melissa Williamson.

The men faced Portugal in the first round and unfortunately lost 0-5, Portugal then went against Spain but lost out to Spain 4-1 in the semi-final and therefore no repo-charge for the guys. The female team suffered a similar fate and put up a spirited performance against the Belarus team narrowly losing 3-2 on flags. Belarus lost 5-0 in the next round to the eventual finalists Italy. The standard of European Karate is rising all the time and both teams have learnt from their losses and keen to get back to training and come back stronger and more determined.

Next up was the female kumite team namely Amelia Harvey, Carla Burkitt, Natalie Williams and Kate Karwacinski. From the outset there was an air of confidence around this team and given the individual pedigree of the athlete’s expectations were high.

England were drawn against the Ukraine in the first round and were confident of contesting the bout well knowing if they win their chances of a medal would increase. Natalie Williams was up first and took up and an early 2 point lead. As she edged closer to victory she got caught with uro maewashi geri and ran out of time to recoup the point thus losing 3-2. Kate was up next against the former European Champion and although worked hard was unable to hold off the attacks from the Ukraine and lost 2-0 to provide Ukraine with the 2-0 overall.

There are areas for improvement in this promising team and through training and development England can achieve these new benchmarks for performance

W Thomas National Coach

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1st May - Day 1 of Competition

Female individual Kata

Emma Lucraft got off to a great start beating the competitor from Denmark 5-0 and in the second round lost 0-5 against the highly decorated Italian athlete who proved to be in formidable form all day and went on to make the finals. This brought Emma back into the repo-charge where she lost to Turkey in her first repo-charge bout.

Male individual Kata

John Gardiner Stepped in to represent England with a positive attitude and was eager to perform on the European stage. He competed against the competitor from Montenegro and narrowly lost two flags to three. The Montenegro athlete lost 4-1 to France who then himself lost to the Italian 3-2 in the next round, thus dashing any hopes of a repo-charge opportunity John. The benchmark has been clearly drawn for John who has only been inspired to train harder.

Female Individual umite

Carla Burkitt (-55kg) put up a spirited battle against WARLING from Luxemburg dropping and early point in the bout. She pulled it back 1-1 but in the dying seconds dropped another to lose 1-2. Warling was in great form and went on to make the finals bring Carla back into the repo-charge. Undeterred, Carla was drawn against MEYLNK from the Ukraine and lost 5-0. A disappointed Carla will have an opportunity to compete in the ladies team and another medal opportunity.

Natalie Williams (-61Kg) was in great form beating STELAND SONJA (LUX) 5-0 in her first bout and then ABIYEVA FARIDA (AZE) 6-0 in her second. Natalie fought a controlled fight in the quarter finals drawing the match 1-1 and lost on the tightest of margins 2-3 on flags. An astounded Natalie felt sure to progress to the semi-finals and thus a medal winning opportunity but her hopes were dashed when the athlete MAKSIMOVIC JELENA (MNE)lost and hopes of a repo-charge quickly faded.

Kate Kawacinski (-68kg) was in a positive mind-set approaching the fight and was up against the U21 European Silver medallist ZUANON CHIARA (ITA) in the first round. Kate was challenging her opponent throughout the bout but was unable to break through losing 0-2. The Italian went on to lose to the eventual finalist in the following round leaving Kate the team event to focus on.

Male Kumite

Chris Harris (-60kg) made a steady start beating MCLOUGHLIN AARON(IRL)in the first round 3-0. Now safely through the first round Chris continued his campaign against a talented competitor CHARALAMPIDIS IOANNIS (GRE)beating him by an impressive 6-0. Now in the quarter finals Chris senses a real chance of success but came up against LIDEGAARD CASPER (DEN) who was in formidable form beating Chris 5-0 and went on to gain a place in the final. Chris had one fight to gain a place in the bronze medal final and lost 3-0 to HEIMANN ALEXANDER (GER)who competes on Saturday for the bronze medal. Chris finished 7th place overall.

Jordan Thomas (-67kg) came of age this day. He produced an outstanding performance to reach the finals of the Championships on Saturday. Jordan had a bye in the first round and had to ensure he was properly warmed up to meet in GIEGLER RICARDO (GER)his first bout. Jordan won 8-0 scoring with a variety of punching and kicking techniques. Jordan then beat the world no.3 POKORNY STEFANfrom Austria (4-1) who beat the favoured French competitor GARIN MARVIN in the previous round.

The semi-final Jordan confirmed his dominance by beating the Hungarian athlete TADISSI YVES4-1 to become the first male English Karate Federation male competitor to medal at a European Championships. A level headed Jordan is quietly preparing himself for a very real opportunity of becoming a European Champion.

Alton Brown (-75kg) produced a fantastic performance wining his first two bouts. Round one saw him convincingly beat AL-WANDI AHMED (SWE)3-1 and in round two with another sound performance beat VIRAG ANDRASfrom Hungary 2-0. In round three he came up against current World Champion, Busa from Italy and in a well contested fight lost 0-2. Busa went on to make the finals giving Alton another medal winning opportunity.

Alton was drawn against MORENO_PAZ FERNANDOfrom Spain and beat him is a very tight match 2-1 to gain a place in the bronze medal fight off against DONA of France on Saturday

Ryan Jay (-84kg) competed against the capable LUCIC DANILO from Montenegro in the first round and disappointing lost 2-0 without a chance to get his ‘motor running’. Ryan remarked that ‘I did not fight to my best’, but he remains positive for the future and keen to build on his experiences here at the Championships.W

W Thomas National Coach

30th April 2014

The squad again went to the training venue with their coach's after breakfast to continue their preparations for these championships. Wednesday was registration day which went very smoothly followed by a meeting of congress with the other European Federations. The congress was addressed by Mr Espinos the WKF and EKF President. There are some exciting new things in the pipeline to come from the WKF to which Congress was informed about these included the dates and qualification criteria for the new European Olympic Games of which, karate is a participant but only via membership of the WKF. There are to be some changes to the Junior/Cadet U21 event with additional18 -21 categories. There is also some new video technology which is to be used at these championships which will also include, video analysis, talent ID and performance other exciting new features for coach's of National Federations.

The squad returned by lunch time to the hotel, relaxed and waited in anticipation for the draws.

We have some fighters on today including Kate Karwacinski who met up with the squad late last night and the Individual kata events. We hope to bring you updates via Facebook and Twitter depending on Wi-Fi connection.

Good luck to the squad and coach's for today.

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28-29th April 2014

The squad met at Heathrow T3 Monday afternoon for the first leg of the journey to Tampere, Finland. We landed in Stockholm for our connecting flight where we all squeezed on what must be one of the smallest planes ever, to continue the journey to Finland. We arrived at the hotel about 1am and once rooms were sorted it was agreed to meet up for breakfast at 8.30-9am as training was to start at 10am.

Tuesday morning and the squad were taken to the training session which is next door to the competition venue they were fortunate to have the whole training area to themselves, so this allowed the squad to have plenty of room on the mats. As usual kata and kumite split and the squad started training in their respective teams or as individuals. The training was very light with the kata squads going through their chosen katas and bunkai. The kumite were fine tuning some techniques and scenarios. The squad finished around 1pm and returned to the hotel where they were briefed on what was happening over the next few days. The squad are now relaxing before dinner. Some of the squad will return to the training venue tomorrow whilst registration begins at the HQ Hotel. The squad are in good spirits and looking forward to the competition starting.

Photos by Aether Productions and W Thomas

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Saturday 19.5.14 Pre-Training Senior Squad

The Kata and Kumite squad met up at Alex Harts Dojo in Waltham Abbey at the weekend. The squad going to the Senior Europeans were also joined by other England 'A' squad member to take part in this training session.

Both Kata and Kumite took part in a conditioning session and although demanding it was enjoyable. The groups were then split to complete their relative specific training with sessions led by Coach's Willie Thomas, Johnathan Mottram and Davin Pack.

Spirits are high with an air of excitement amoungst the squad. With this in mind there is still work to be done before the big event.

The squad will be meeting up during the week to continue their training with their respective coach's and then meet up for a final session on Saturday 26/5/14 again at Alex Harts Dojo.

W Thomas National Kumite Coach

Reports from D Pack & P Newby

 

Coaching report day 1

Chloe Lydon Female -50kg

1st round 2-0 Ireland

Great start for Chloe in her first senior major championships! Chloe scored 2 single points to take a comfortable win over Ireland, using her speedy foot work and movement.

2nd round 2-0 Hungary

Chloe took the first point and senshu against the Hungarian, and coped with the pressure well, taking another point . Using her great movement again gilded on for the victory

3rd round 1-6 Turkey

This was to be a real test for Chloe as she faced the very talented and experienced girl from Turkey! The Turkish fighter took the first point and senshu. Chloe got a point back but had to chase, she was then picked off with 2 more single punches. Until the end of the bout, Chloe was counter kicked in the head. She gave a heartily performance and left everything on the matt! The girl from Turkey went on to make the final and won the European title!

 

Repocharge 0-1 BUL

Chloe had 1 fight to win to make back on finals day for the chance of fighting for a European bronze medal! Unfortunately the girl from Bulgaria took the first point and Chloe was unable to get it back

7th place at her first senior European championships is a fantastic result . With a great performance she has a bright future ahead! Well done Chloe

Amelia Harvey Female +68kg

1st round 0-0 (1-4 flags) Norway

Unfortunately Amelia never got going, not finding her distance or range to score a point losing 1-4 on flags at the end of the bout!

Jordan Thomas Male -67kg

1st round 4-0 Ireland

A controlled comfortable performance for Jordans first round and  gets his European campagain off to a good start scoring 4 single points.

2nd round 2-0 Finland

Again Jordan had to much class for the guy from Finland, with another comfortable victory with 2 singles points.

3rd round 5-0 BIH

Jordan yet again showed why he is the world champion, with another great performance now his techniques and distance are on fire and working well! Scoring 5 single points.

4th round 0-3 Austria

1/4 finals was Jordans toughest opponent . In a tight fight with each fighter clashing and giving it their all, the referees were not favouring Jordan’s points and.Jordan couldn’t pull back the 3 points . The Austrian unfortunately lost in the semi final in the last few seconds not giving Jordan the opportunity to fight for the bronze medal.

In a year of ups and downs Jordan gave a good performance at the highest level and now knows what is required from him to be ready for the world championships later this year!

 

Competition Day 2

Female team

Round 1 Spain (2-0 wins)

1st fight Kate Karwacinski 1-0

England had a tough 1st round draw in Spain who are a very experienced and talented team

Kate was the 1st fighter out and after the disappointment of her individual events had a point to prove, scoring the first point and taking senshu Kate held on the to lead and take the win for the team.

2nd fight Amelia Harvey 1-0

Again Amelia also had a point to prove and did so with a valuable results taking the win and putting England through into the next round!

Round 2 ROM (2-0 wins)

1st fight Kate Karwacinski 5-1

Off the back of the great performance from the 1st round Kate carried on just where she left off, she took the first 2  points to lead followed by a awesome head kick finish 5-1

2nd fight Amelia Harvey 4-0

Amelia was also firing with confidence her distance and hands working well scoring 4 singles with a comfortable win!

Round 3 Portugal( 2-1 wins)

1st fight Kate Karwacinski 5-1

Another great performance leading the way with Kate scoring 2 single points and a head kick, remaining focused and in the zone showing heart and passion outstanding.

2nd fight Amelia Harvey 0-1

The fighter from Portugal took the 1st point and senshu and Amelia was unable to pull it back , chasing and giving it everything but wasn’t quite enough.

3rd fight Rebecca Boakes 1-0

Rebecca showed she can deal with the pressure at this level even though she is only 19 years old ,her first fight in the lady’s team and she has to win to keep England in the European championships . She takes the first point and holds on to fantastic result pulling England though into the 1/4 finals

Round 4 (1/4 finals ) Italy (1-2 wins)

1st fight Kate Karwacinski 1-7

Can’t remember the last time a women’s team made to the 1/4 finals in a major championships!

Unfortunately Kate was picked off couldn’t match the Italian losing the 1st fight

2nd fight Amelia Harvey 2-0

Amelia showed great character after losing the last round picking her self back up for her team mate taking out one of the most experienced Italian fighters, did herself and country proud.

3rd fight Rebecca Boakes 0-2

Rebecca did all she could but didn’t have the experience to deal with the Italian losing the fight .

Italy made it to the final bring England back in

Repocharge France (0-1 wins)

1st fight Kate Karwacinski 0-4

Fighting for a place in the bronze final Kate gave yet another Gutsy performance giving everything but wasn’t enough

2nd fight Amelia Harvey 2-2

Amelia took the first point and senshu in a close fight.  The French fighter pulled the points back but Amelia had the senshu until the last few seconds she stepped out the area losing the advantage and drawing the match.

3rd fight Rebecca Boakes 0-0

Rebecca had a big job of needing 5 points for England to take the win! She worked, chased and threw everything but the French fighter didn’t engage and was happy to take the draw.

The women’s team were outstanding going through 5 rounds each and every one of them couldn’t of done anymore, a great result showing with more time spent building the team sprit a medal is possible.

Very well done  you did England proud.

 

Jamaal Otto Male -84kgs 

1st rnd Denmark

Jamaal came out strong and after a good work rate and constant pressure all the hard work paid off and Jamaal eases through to round two.

2ns rnd Serbia

Jamaal and the Serbian had some great clashes with no scores given then the Serbian scored a body kick and shut Jamaal out for the rest of the fight Jamaal goes out.

 

Cuba Parris Male -60kg

1st round Spain

Cuba came out confident against the Spanish fighter and scored first gaining senshu. The experienced Spaniard realised he wasn’t quick enough to fight Cuba at distance so doing all his work at close range this gave Cuba a look at what fighting Seniors is like . Great learning experience for Cuba losing to the experienced European and world medalist from Spain.

Kate Karwacinski Female -68kgs

1st rnd Israel

Kate went straight off the line scoring and gaining senshu . The opponent from Israel was out of her depth and couldn’t keep up and Kate eased into the second round.

2nd Montenegro

Kate had a good battle with a awkward  fighter but couldn’t capitalise on her finishes and lost in a close fight. Kate showed a return to form in her sharpness and fitness after also having a good run in the team she should gain some good confidence back heading towards the world championships at the end of the year.

 

Joe kelloway Male -75kgs

1st rnd Albania

The Albanian was sharp and game but didn’t have enough fire power to keep up and Joe got his technique ready for his second round match against the experienced Italian and current European champion Busa.

2nd rnd Italy

Joe showed a lot of development and maturity but, Busa is a two time world champion with vast experience also showing he isn’t over the hill just yet beating Joe .  Busa eventually went on to win a bronze medal.

Carla Burkitt -55kgs

1st rnd Croatia

Carla and the Croatian showed a lot of respect for each other and were back and forwards for the whole match with neither scoring a point Carla lost on flags.   The Croatian went through to the final so Carla was in the repechage.

 

1st rnd Repechage Cyprus

Carla came out with a tight game and picked the Cypriot fighter apart easing through into the next round.

2nd rnd Repechage Switzerland

This was a close fight with Carla fighting from behind to gain the victory, Carla now was in full flight ready for the next round.

3rd rnd Repechage Poland

Carla tired but determined, scored her points showing good discipline and the will to win beating the polish fighter and gaining a place in the bronze final on Saturday against the Turkish competitor.

Final Repechage Turkey bronze medal match

Carla warmed up and ready for the big match came out busy and both scored at the same time. Carla continued to press and engage but the flags went the other way.. Carla worked right to the end but it wasn’t meant to be this time with the Turkish opponent taking the win 1-4.

Carla placed a credable 5th in Europe.

Men’s team Kumite

England v Finland

Jamaal/Musa/Joe/Cuba/ Jordan . We only had 5 fighters all young and mostly light inweight.this is a young team but showed great promise .

Number 1 – Jamaal was a little slow to get going but fought hard and brought it back to even the score but lost on senshu.

Number 2 – Musa on his England debut and first time in the men’s team fought hard and won his match showing he is an asset and showing great potential for the future .

Number 3- Joe is now a big part of this young team winning his match comfortably and solidifying his position for the next important match.

Number 4 – Cuba on his senior men’s team debut and being the lightest at -60kgs showed with his speed and skills has a massive part to play in this teams future winning and England moves through to round two.

England v Azerbaijan round 2

Number 1-  this time we moved world champion Jordan Thomas up to number one. Jordan had a close match with the much heavier opponent but weight played a key part and England had to settle with a loss .

Number 2 – Musa now with more confidence mathched the Azerbaijani all the way showing excellent kicks but his opponent with more experience pulled off the win .

Number 3- Joe under pressure needing a win and up against one of the top -84kg fighters in the world stuck to his guns and losing right up until the last six seconds scored a head kick to win the match .

Number 4- Jamaal had the strong and experienced heavyweight fighter. Jamaal fought hard but the experience payed off and England lost in the second round.

The Azerbaijani team have won the Europeans and medalled in the world championships all their fighters are individual world and European champions so England didn’t look out of there depth and with more team matches and training together will be pushing these teams for medal positions .

 

 

 

Team Kata Report by J Mottram

Today all of the England kata athletes were competing with Chris, James and Jordan in the mens kata team. Aimee, Natalie and Lauren in the womens kata team and Ethan Simpson in the Para Karate.

The Kata squad again left at 7.30am to get to the stadium in good time and start preparing in the warm up area. It is always important to be early especially when it is team kata as the space is limited in the warm up area and it becomes tense in fighting for a space as all teams try to intimidate others, however, our teams stood strong and were warming up with confidence, commitment and determination.

The men’s team with Chris, James and Jordan were fired up and stepped onto the tatami against in their opening round agains Azerbijan. England performed Gojushiho-sho against their kata Enpi. Both teams performed well but, also both teams made a few mistakes, unfortunately we lost 3-2.
At this level for team kata it takes 3 individuals to perform their absolute best all at the same time. If you are only 98% good enough or make any mistakes then you loose. The atheltes new what mistakes were made and know what needs to change for the future to make the loss become a win. Apart from a few errors the overall performance was very good and they showed great spirit and energy on the tatami.

Next to step on to the tatami was Aimee, Natalie and Lauren  who faced Austria in their opening round. England performed a very good kosukon-sho against Austrias Annan. Unfortunately the athletes lost 3-2. A desicion I disagree with as England were better in my opinion. England performed a strong and well synchronized kata, and did themselves proud.

For both kata teams it was their first time competing as a team at this championships and yes a few errors were made but, overall I am proud of them and their team commitment has been fantastic.
In the afternoon it was the para karate category with England’s Ethan Simpson ready to make history. This Is the first time England has had a representative at the Senior European Championships in this category which is a great achievement.

All of the England karate squad wished Ethan good luck as he went to the warm up area and started to warm up and prepare for the championships. There were many athletes warming up but this did not phase Ethan. He was confident and excited, showing the other countries he is ready to take them on. All of the kata squad were in the warm up area supporting Etha and wishing him good luck when his category was called.

Just before Ethan was called to the tatami, he turned to me and said. “I’m going to be strong, fast and kiai loud so everybody can hear me“. That was a great thing to hear Ethan say and showed  his confidenence at such a big championships.

Ethan wheeled on to the tatami and performed an outstanding JION kata. He was strong from the start of the first move all the way through until the last move, he was fast and did the loudest kiai he has ever done.

When he finished he turned and smiled at me as the scores went up. The whole England squad were cheeing for him when he finished his kata and when he came off the tatami I pointed to the squad and said “Ethan look at them, they were all cheering and clapping”.  Ethan gave the national squad the thumbs  up and had the biggest smile on his face I’d ever seen.

Although Ethen didnt make the final he is still a winner to us all.

Ethans Mother Tonia and his coach Matt Handley and the team around him, have truly been incredible helping him get this far. But the real winner isn’t the person who wins medal, it isn’t the person who holds up a trophy. It is Ethan himself!

I am proud and I am inspired by Ethan and his family, and I can only say thank you for letting me coach Ethan and have one of the greatest moments ever ofmy coaching career.

 

 

 

Individual Senior Kata report By National Coach J Mottram

The squad met at 7:30am and headed to the stadium with the Head of Delegation Mark Fretwell.

The Squad arrived early and went straight to the warm up area where Chris and Aimee started to prepare and warm up for the kata championships. The warm up area was very busy and the atmosphere tense but, this did not phase either Chris or Aimee and they were confident and ready for such a high level competition.

The categories were called and all competitors stepped onto the tatami for the official bow for both categories.

Aimee was against Macedonia and she performed the kata kururunfa against Macedonias superenpei, unfortunately Aimee lost 5-0.  Aimee did her best considering the tatami was very slippery and was made to clean her feet and remove all the chalk before her performance. However Aimee accepted and turned her focus towards her team mates mates for team kata training.

Chris made it through to the third round, beimg his best senior European result to date. In round one Chris was up against Ukraine. Ukraine performed superenpei and Chris performed a very strong opening kata with kankusho and won 4-1.  Chris then faced  Slovenia and again Chris secured the win this time  5-0  with a fantastic unsu and landing a great jump in the kata, whilst Slovenia did gojushiho-sho. In the third round Chris performed gankaku against Azerbaijan gojushihosho. Chris lost 4-1 unfortunately, he made a slight error on the final spin, however a great achievement to get that far.

Aimee and Chris both tried their best and will learn and improve from this experience.

Once the individual kata events had finished the male and female kata teams for England all went to the warm up area and prepared their team kata’s for tomorrow’s event.

As a coach I always want more and better results but, I’m proud of  Aimee and Chris and the rest of the squad. We will always come back better and stronger and learn.  It was great to see the HOD supporting the kata athletes.

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Senior National Squad

The squad arrived safely on Monday at the hotel.  Both squads then went on to do some light training on Monday and Tuesday.  On wednesday the head of delegation Mark Fretwell went to the HQ hotel where he attended a meeting and completed the squads registration.  The kata squad went to the venue to do some training and were very concerned once they went on the mats as they were brand new and very slippery.in the competition arena.  Concerns were raised but time was not on anyones side to change the mats.

The Senior National Squad arrived in Serbia late Monday afternoon.

The Board of the EKF would like to wish the squad good luck for these championships. Updates can be found on sportdata and medal rounds will be streamed  live and free via karate world tv https://karateworld.tv/live/53rd-european-senior-karate-championship-novi-sad-serbia

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