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44th European Championships Sofia Bulgaria 14-19 February 2017
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It was an early morning start on Monday for the EKF Junior Team, meeting at Heathrow at 4.30am, to travel out to Lisbon, Portugal for the 41st Junior European Karate Championships.
After a short flight the squad arrived safely at their hotel and once rooms had been allocated, the squad had its first training session, this was followed by an evening meal together. This gives the new members of the squad a chance to get to know each other and find out what its like to be on the squad. There is more training planned for Tuesday and Wednesday with registrations taking place on Thursday.
The EKF have a fairly large delegation in attendance at these championships with 9 kata athletes, 14 Kumite, 3 Coach’s, Physio, Head Of Delegation, 2 Chaperones and 11 referees including our Chief Referee Dale Gamble. We hope to be able to bring you some photos of the squad training during the week and at competition. Good Luck to everyone.
After an early start the squad was fed, rested and on time for their first session. After a moderate warm up we went straight in with ‘line-ups’ and although at this stage it had already been a long day spirits and intensity were running high. There is a great atmosphere on the squad and a great sense of team spirit amongst all the competitors.
Willie Thomas – National Kumite Coach
After a very, very, early 2:30am start to the day the England karate squad meet at the airport and were happy to see each other and ready to go Portugal to take part in the biggest European karate championships to date.
A long morning and we get to the hotel and Sensei Willie Thomas appoints the squad team captain KATE KARWACINSKI, A well-deserved team captaincy. The team rest as training is as always on the schedule. Normally after a Long days travelling the first session is a little rusty but not this time. The kata squad trained fantastically and started their training with a positive, confident and supportive attitude to each other. A very good first session to open up pre training.
At the end of day one, all the squad both kata and kumite showed professionalism and I look forward to the rest of the trip and hope that everything stays this positive.
Jonathan Mottram – National Kata Coach
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