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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.


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

Images from the Senior European Championships Turkey

Thank you to Blitz who sponsored the National Squad kit.

Friday 5/5/17

J Mottram Kata Coaching report senior Europeans day 2

1st up Male team Kata category, both teams did Gojoshihosho with RUSSIA winning 0-5

Female Team Kata did Paiku and again RUSSIA did Gojoshihosho winning 2-3

Both teams performed really well

Paul Newby Coaching report senior Europeans day 2

Women’s Team Event

Kate Karwacinski, Carla Burkitt, Amelia Harvey, RebeccaBoakes reserve

Kate came out strong and busy but got caught in an early exchange. Kate got back to work and put pressure on and on in this exchange both fighters got a point. Kate tried her best to pull it back but ran out of time losing 2-1

Carla came out moving well trying to draw the Slovakian fighter in but had to change her tactic half way though because Slovakia wasn’t committing to anything Carla put the pressure on and attacked but. was just beaten to the punch. Carla created a couple more attempts but also ran out of time losing 1-0

England gave it their all, just when we think we are training harder and doing more obviously Europe have also put in place tougher harder Olympic training programs and once again standards have increased.


Davin Pack  Coaching report senior Europeans day 2

Men’s team Event


1st match
Once Brandon Jewell went down a point he had to go looking, the German knew Brandon as they met in the first round of the +84 kg the day before, unfortunately. as he tried to get his points back he was being picked off finally losing 0-5.
2nd match
A solid performance from Jordan Thomas, the German tried to keep his distance to hold a draw, once Jordan got the first point it changed the fight picking up another point , on one exchange Jordan received a thumb in the eye, after treatment was ready to carry on. Using his ring craft for the win 2-0
3rd match
Joe Kellaway got off to a good start applying great pressure forcing a Jogi, once Joe went a point down he then had to chase the fight getting caught 2 more times. This being one of the Germans strongest fighters made getting the points back a tough ask, fighting to the end but Joe wasn’t able to pull it back losing 0-3

4th match
Devante Walters 3-4

Devante Walters makes his debut at his first European championships having to win his fight to keep the men’s team in the competition. Devante had a positive performance but, going down 0-4 with 2 singles and a body kick, leaving himself a big task. Showing great tenacity pulling back a head kick to make it 3-4 but didn’t quite have enough time to pull it back. Devante shows great potential and now knows what he has to go back to work on.

Overall the men’s team are close but just short of the mark, they now know what’s needed, but it’s up to them to put the work in and get together. If we think we have prepared for this tournament we have to remember most other countries are already in their Olympic programs and the standard is becoming higher and higher all the time!!

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Thursday 4/5/17

Jon Mottram Kata 

1st up in the individual Kata category was Aimee Sell who did a near perfect Papuan against MACADONIA’s Puleksenija Jovanoska with Suparinpai who won 1-4

Next up Chris Karwacinski won 3-2 with a strong Suparinpai against SWITZERLAND’s Maurice Roesch’s Kanku Sho

In the next round Chris’s Gankaku lost 0-5 to ITALY’s Mattia Busato’s Gojoshihosho

Paul Newby  Coaching report senior Europeans day 1
Brandon Jewell +84kg

Brandon’s first individual European championships, Brandon 1st match against Germany he came out slow but warmed into the match with some good exchanges this time Branden came up short losing on flags but with youth on his side Brandon has a good career ahead of him.

Rebecca Boakes +68kg

Rebecca’s first senior championships against Spain was a close match Rebecca losing 1-0 unfortunately for Rebecca picked up a hamstring pull in pre training so was only at 70%. Rebecca gained loads of valuable experience.

Joe Kellaway -75kg

Joe coming in confident after some recent tournament success against Slovenia Joe won 4-0 looking confident.

Joe’s second opponent was the Belarusian fighter; Joe came out strong against an awkward styled opponent and came up short losing 1-0
This is Joe’s first outing as an individual and will bounce back.

Siobhan Hayes -61kg

Siobhan moving up in weight fought the Norwegian girl first round, after a few clashes Siobhan scored her first point and held onto her win till the end of the match.

Siobhan second round was against Montenegro. After two clashes Siobhan was 2-0 down and ran out of time to pull it back but showed determination.

Dean Bannister -60kg

Deans first ever outing at a major was an awkwardly tall fighter from Kosovo with a few exchanges early on, Dean was behind but never stopped trying with hands and body kicks losing 4-0 in the end. A great experience for Dean.



Davins  Coaching report senior Europeans day 1


Ryan jay -84kg

1st round 0-1 FRA

Ryan had a tough first round against Grillon of France, a very close fight which could of gone anyway. Unfortunately once gone a point down wasn’t able to get it back.


Amelia Harvey -68kg

1st round 0-3 AZE

Amelia had Zaretska of Azerbaijan who has won a number of world and European medals, even for most of the fight until a lack of concentration from Amelia in a clinch see her taken down and getting scored on with a ippon, leaving her too much to do from an very experienced fighter , she went out 3rd round to Spain


Jordan Thomas -67kg 

1st round 4-4 CRO

Current WKF world champion Jordan got off to a flying start against Berak from Croatia scoring a head kick going up by 3 points, then taking another point leading 4-0. Not giving up Berak scored a punch and continue to apply pressure being rewarded with a head kick bring the fight back level but with only seconds on the clock. Jordan held on to win the fight on senshu


2nd round 1-2 MKD

After a tight first part of the fight, Jordan tried a spinning kick which missed and was picked off, having to chase, the Macedonian was comfortable being Evasive Jordan pulled a point back but still needed another due to the senshu rule. Still closing and working hard only opened his self-up for Ilievski (mkd) to score again in the dying seconds, unfortunately wasn’t Jordan day .


Carla Burkitt -55kg

1st round 2-3 EST

Going down 0-1 against Lirisman from Estonia made it hard work for Carla as she had close down and work hard, never giving up fighting to the end but was unable get the points back.

Carla was disappointed with the result and hopes to make amends with the team tomorrow

Wednesday 3/5/17

The squad had 2 sessions of training today whilst Head of Delegation Mike O’Brien registered the squad.  The athletes are now readying themselves for the first day of competition.  Individual Kata is the first  event of the day at 7am BST.   All individual Kumite events will follow from approximately 9.30am BST.  Good luck!


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52nd Senior Europeans – Turkey

The National squad are now in Kocaeli, Turkey and are at the HQ hotel.  Tomorrow the Head Of Delegation Mike O’Brien will be registering the squad, whilst the athletes have 2 light training sessions arranged.

For updates on the competition you can go to https://www.sportdata.org/wkf/set-online/veranstaltung_info_main.php?active_menu=calendar&vernr=120

Hopefully we will have reports from the delegation on the squads results which will be posted here and updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/EnglishKarateFederationLtdGoverningBody/

and Twitter @EKF Karate  www.twitter.com/EKFKarate

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