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Live updates 2018 EKF Junior, Cadet & U21 Championships, Sochi (Russia), February 2nd-4th

The below are reports and results posted from Sochi.

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What a great start to 2018, outstanding performances from the young lions. The EKF is extremely proud of this young squad who have a bright future ahead of them. Thank you to all the staff that looked after the squad and to the coaches. Thank you to Blitz for the squads kit. Thank you to the parents and supporters that traveled to Sochi to support the Squad. Well done to the EKF referees who were taking exams and officiating at these Championships Dale Gamble, Nariman Jeddi, Matthew Soanes, Rob Lamb, Gary Hoyle and Carl Jorgeson. A report from Chief Referee Dale Gamble will be added soon.

Reports from Kata and Kumite Coaches

Male u21 kumite-67kg
Sam Day

First round Switzerland 2-1

Sam was quick to score the first point with a sharp Jodan punch gaining senshu. After a couple of exchanges Sam was now behind 2 – 1 but the Swiss athlete was now on his last cat 2 warning. Sam pressed the fight knowing he only needed to score or force a cat 2 warning. For 1 minute 30 seconds the Swiss athlete did a category 2 foul in the book to avoid Sams techniques but wasn’t disqualified . Final score 2-1 Swiss Unlucky Sam.

Female u21 kumite -68kg
Alexandra Williams

First round Russia 3-0

Alexandra’s debut for England was against home nation Russia so the pressure was on. Alex listened to her coach and stuck to her basics and was unlucky on the first 2 exchanges. Towards the end of the bout in frustration Alexandra ran in and was picked off by the Russian ending the bout 3-0. Russia went all the way to the semifinalsthen just losing out so no repechage this time.

Male u21 kumite + 84kg

Josh Gleadle

1st round France 6-0

Josh was game and showed he was going to give it his best shot on his debut for England and took it to the sharp French Athlete. Josh was only behind by a couple of points when he lost discipline and threw a wild kick which was countered with the French opponets own kick giving the win to France 6-0.

The French opponent advances to the final Josh is back in repechage.

1st round Azerbaijan repechage 5-2.

Josh is scored on twice before finding the target on the Azerbaijani and scores with a Jodan punch, Josh quickly scores again. Josh was still having to press because Azerbaijani has the senshu advantage. Unfortunately Josh gets picked off a few more times and loses 5-2 . Well done Josh lots learned at these championships .

Male U21 -75kg
Mitchell Thorpe
1st round 2-6 Israel
High hopes for our world silver medalist, unfortunately it wasn’t Mitchell’s day. The athlete from Israel was very awkward for Mitchell fighting till the end but, the referees didn’t seem to favour Mitchell’s techniques as a score . Mitchell is a great talent and will bounce back stronger !

Female U21 -50kg
Chloe Lydon
1st round 1-1 Netherlands
A positive performance from Chloe, unfortunately the senshu rule came in to play yet again with the Dutch girl taking the first point. Chloe pulled the point back but was unable to capitalise and take the lead .
Chloe has all the tools to complete at this level, it’s fine margins between winning and losing and dreams are shattered in a heart beat!

Male Junior -68kg
Brandon Wilkins
1st round 1-3 Serbia
Brandon had his work cut out as he was up against the current European silver medalists in this category. Brandon put in a good performance but didn’t quite match the Serbian losing 3-1. Brandon was close but needs more development at this level.

Female Junior-59kg
Charlotte Hope
1st round 8-0 Montenegro
Charlotte got off to a flying start smashing the girl from Montenegro winning 8-0 with 30 seconds left on the clock with 5 gyaks and a head kick what a great way to start.

2nd round 6-0 Estonia
Again a perfect performance from Charlotte taking out the Estonian 6-0 again, scoring a head kick and and 3 gyaks her timing and distance was awesome.

3rd round 7-0 Switzerland
Charlotte was on fire and again too much for the Swiss girl, on a roll now looking unstoppable! Everything she did worked and turned into a point. Not only was her attack’s and reaction perfect but also her defence as nobody got close to scoring on her.

Semi final 5-0 Turkey
This is was for a place in a European final but didn’t change anything in Charlotte’s performance. Charlotte was as fantastic in this fight as she had been all day! Charlotte was far to good for her Turkish opponent to handle, scoring a head kick and 2 gyaks. The Turkish athlete was getting frustrated and finally got disqualified for contact warning !

Final 9-4 France
This turned out to be Charlotte’s hardest fight with the France girl taking the first 2 points, but with yet another fantastic head kick Charlotte took the lead 3-2. The French athlete pulled a point back and was still leading with senshu. Charlotte with her great composure pulls out another head kick to take the lead the French athlete then nicks a point back.The atmosphere was intense. Charlotte scored yet another awesome head kick finishing the final winning 9-4 as European champion ! England’s first junior European gold medalist for years . Outstanding!
Charlotte’s performance throughout the day was brilliant showing she has everythin , what a star, after her world bronze in Tenerife she goes all the way this time taking the gold !
She has been the fighter of the tournament, Charlotte did her country proud!
Her scores say it all 35 points scored 4 points against !!

Charlotte was mentioned in the WKF write up of the day www.wkf.net

“The most outstanding demonstration of offensive Karate occurred in the final of Junior Female Kumite -59kg. France’s Assia Oukhattou took a clear lead in the bout after connecting four yukos. However, her rival Charlotte Hope of England showed exceptional kicking skills. The English promising karateka made three consecutive ura-mawashi geri and achieved three impressive ippons that allowed the World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships bronze medallist to win the final and the continental title by 9-4”.

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Junior Male -55kg
Yasin Ahmad

1st round Armenia 1-1
Yasin scored first with a sharp Kazami and gaining senshu advantage, however, the Portuguese opponent was persistent and finally scored on Yasin holding to senshu up until the last 4 seconds. Yasin took a jogai and lost the senshu advantage with the clock running out Yasin lost on flags.

Junior Male – 61kg
Jed Thompson

1st round Italy 3-0
Jed came out onto the tatami confident and after getting his distance right after the first quarter of the figh,t Jed started to score with some sharp hand techniques easing him into the second round with a 3-0

2nd round Russia 3-1

Jed scored first and gained senshu advantage. Jed seemed to lose his concentration for two scores, a head punch and a body mawashi ending the bout with a 3-1 loss. Although Jed went out in the 2nd round he showed he’s up there but needs to hold concentration during the fight.

Junior female +59kg
Lauren Salisbury

1st round Bulgaria 1-0
Lauren took some time to get going but managed to score a gayk in the ldying seconds to take the win over Bulgaria.

2nd round Germany

Lauren came out much faster this time, against the leggy German fighter with Lauren scoring first and gaining senshu. With only 2 seconds to go Lauren broke the line and Germany threw a mawashi geri which hit Lauren’s arm but was called a score by the officials. This was upsetting for Lauren and she went out 3-1.

Junior Female kumite -53kg
Rachel Traverse

Germany 4-0
This was Rachel’s second time on the England squad and she came out firing as usual but the German matched her and was just getting to the punch first. Rachel ended up on the end of a 4-0 loss with lots to be learned.

Junior male kumite +76kg
Brandon Carr

1st round Scotland 5-1
Brandon started off fast and scored first gaining the senshu advantage but then gets caught out with a gyak, Brandon quickly gets a point back then scores a body kick, Brandon was then on a roll n eased into the second round with a 5-1 win.

2nd round Belgium 4-4 decision on 3-2 flags

The Belgium came out with confidence and scored first but Brandon quickly pulled it back pressing all the time and forcing the fight. Brandon engaged and was on the end of some questionable decisions but, kept pressing the fight. In the last 13 seconds the Belgian was warned for evading the fight so was put on hansuku chui and lost his senshu. Brandon again pressed the fight and with 5 seconds left scored a Jodan kick. It went to the flags and Brandon lost 3 -2 . With the referee going in Brandon’s favour solidified that he was on the end of one of the worst referees decisions of the tournament, chin up Brandon you’ll get there

Male Cadet -57kg
Stephen Loyd
1st round GEO 6-2
Stephen came out looking sharp but lost the first 2 points. Stephen managed to get 1 point back but then the Georgian quickly scored again forcing Stephen to fight harder for another point but time was not on Stephens side losing 6-2. The Georgian lost to Slovenia so no repechage for Stephen

Female Cadet -47kg
Tayla O’Brien
1st round Andora 3-0
This was Taylas second time representing England having just competed at the Junior worlds in Tenerife. Tayla came out confident scoring quickly with 3 great body gyaks. Try as she might the Andorran fighter couldn’t get the points back and Tayla went through to round 2.

2nd round Austria 3-0 loss
Tayla came onto the tatami at the same pace as before but, this time was picked off losing 3-0. Tayla went out in the second round but has shown great improvement from the worlds in Tenerife.

Male Cadet -63kg
Pajhan Jaffari
1st round 0-0 POL
Pajhan had Poland in his first round, in which both athletes failed to score a point within the 2 min. Pajhan really gave his all but his fitness left him losing on flags 0-5. There was no repechage for Pajhan as Poland did not progress.

Male Cadet +70kg
James Francis
1st round 1-1 CZE
This was James second time representing England at European level. A positive start from James scoring the first point and taking senshu, the Czech managed to get the point back but, James held on to take the win !

2nd round 0-2 ESP
James struggled to score a point and was just not clean enough with his technique, the Spanish fighter scored 2 single techniques to take the win. A good effort from James but needs to rise his level to compete on the European stage.

Female Cadet +54kg
Carys Jones
1st round 1-1 MNE
Unfortunately Carys lost the first point, which gave away senshu to the athlete from Montenegro. Carys worked hard to try and pull a point back but, yet again the senshu rule played a big part costing her the match! Carys struggled with her distance and her movement was too big and easy to read by the other Athlete.

Male Cadet -52kg
Ethan Day
1st round 2-0 ARM
A great start from Ethan with a solid performance scoring 2 single points to snatch the win from Armenia. Armenia came back in repechage to take the bronze medal!

2nd round 8-0 MNE
Another good performance with Ethan controlling the fight. Ethan was leading the match 1-0 when his opponent from Montenegro was disqualified for too many category 2 warnings this gave Ethan an early win.

3rd round 0-0 BUL (5-0 flags)
This was a much tighter fight with the Bulgarian, neither athletes able to score a point and break the deadlock. Ethan was the dominant fighter and took the win via the referees decision 5-0 on flags.

Semi finals 3-1 SRB
Again, another tight match with a strong Serbian fighter. For a moment a place in the final seemed to out of reach for Ethan as he was 0-1 down with only 8 seconds left but, with only 4 seconds remaining on the clock Ethan pulled out a fantastic head kick taking the victory and a place in a European final! Fantastic fight!

European Final 0-2RUS

Unfortunately the final didn’t go to plan (The Russian had obviously not read the script!). With a home advantage, the Russian took the victory by scoring 2 points! However, an outstanding performance from Ethan showing he has what it takes to medal at the highest level! This was only the 2nd time Ethan had represented England and to win a silver medal at the European championships is a great achievement. Ethan can go home with his head held high and be proud of a fantastic result!!



Team Kata

The male team kata consisted of Daniel Eccles, James Raynor and Dylan Traves. In their opening round England faced Greece. England performed Goju Shisho Sho against Greece’s Chatanyara Kushanku. The decision went to Greece 3-2 with England just missing out. Greece then faced Spain and lost so no repechage for England this time.

The female team kata consisted of Sadie Stoner, Lydia Bevan and Lauren Fretwell. England had Belarus first round (an old adversary in team kata for England) England chose Chatanyara against Belarus Nipaipo with Belarus taking a 5-0 win. Belarus lost the next round to France so England was unable to progress.

Individual Kata events

Out first kata athlete was Sadie Stoner in female cadets. This was Sadies 3rd outing in the cadet category having placed 5th twice before so a potential medal was hoped for. Sadie had a bye in the first round, and in the second round she faced Denmark. Sadie performed Pappuren against Denmarks Anan won 3-2. The third round Sadie performed Suparinpai against Portugal’s Chatanyara Kushanku but lost out 5-0. Portugal lost the next round so no repechage for Sadie.

Newcomer to the squad was James Harrison at his first Junior Europeans. James faced Armenia in his first round and chose to perform Chatanyara Kushanku against Armenias Empi, a crisp performance by James gave him the win of 5-0 . In the second round James faced Ireland this time choosing to perform Annan dai, whilst Ireland performed Kanku sho, another win for James 3-2. In the third round James now faced Slovakia. Slovakia performed a a strong Anan dai awhilst James went for a high kata Suparinpei. James won the round 4-1 putting him through to the semi finals. In the semi final James now faced the world champion Enes Ozdemir from Turkey. James performed a strong Anan against Turkeys unsu but the win of 5-0 went Turkey’s way. After a short wait, James came up against Portugal for the bronze medal. James performed a very strong pappuren against Portugals Annan, but missed out on the bronze medal and placed 5th. For James first European championships, this was a fantastic result and and a lot more is to come from this kata athlete.

Luke Easton was competing in the U21 category and came up against Croatia. Luke performed a strong kankusho whilst Croatia did Goju Shiho Sho but unfortunately lost 5-0. Croatia didn’t progress so no repechage for Luke.

Holly Stoner was competing in the U21 female event and in the first round drew Austrias Kristin Weininger, who is a world bronze medalist. Holly performed a good chatsnyara Kushanku against Austrias Paiku but Holly unfortunately lost 5-0. There was no repechage for Holly as the Austrian lost in the 3rd round.

Adam Peters was in the junior male category and this was his first time at Europeans in the individual event. The first round Adam faced Bosnia. Adams Suparinpei proved to strong for Bosnias Goju Shiho Dai with Adam taking the win 5-0. The second round Adam came up against Croatia and took the win 3-2 with chatanyara Kushanku against Croatias Goju Shiho Dai. Now in to the quarter finals Adam had Austria. Adam was now on fire and won 5-0 with Anan dai against Austrias Annan. Now into the semi final and against a previous European finalist from Switzerland Adam performed Paiku against Suparinpei. Unfortuantely it was not to be, Adam lost by 1 flag with the score being 3-2 in favour of the Swiss, so close. Straight into the bronze medal match Adam now faced Russia who performed unsu. Adam chose kururunfa however the decision went 4-1 to Russia. A well earned 5th place in Europe for Adam.

Lauren Fretwell was again competing in the 16-17 event, having won a bronze medal in 2017 she’d already demonstrated her ability to compete with the best at this level. In Laurens first round Lauren faced Scotland. Lauren chose to perform Anan dai against Scotlands Goju Shiho Dai with Lauren winning 3-2. The next round she faced a strong opponent from Montenegro, Lauren performed chatanyara Kushanku against Kanku Sho with Lauren again taking the win but this time 4-1. The quarter finals Lauren performed suparinpei against Turkey’s Pappuren but unfortunately lost to Turkey 5-0. After a short wait Turkey made the final meaning Lauren was back in repechage. After watching the competitors Lauren chose kosukun sho to perform against the Czech Republics Anan and won a clean 5-0 putting her into the bronze medal match! Lauren now faced the cadet world silver medalist from Austria. Lauren chose to perform pappuren whilst Austria performed Chatanyara Kushanku. Lauren took the match 5-0 winning bronze making her a European bronze medalist for the second year in a row. Well done Lauren.

National U21 Kata Coach Aimee Sell


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1st February 2018

Registration was completed today by the Head Of Delegation Mike O’Brien and coach’s attended the briefing. All training now complete, draws done and tomorrow 6am GMT the action begins with individual male and female cadet, junior & U21 Kata followed by all the individual cadet, junior, U21 male and female.kumite athletes. Remember Russia is 3 hours ahead!

The schedule and draws are available via Sport data. For instant updates there is a RSS feed https://live.sportdata.org:8443/wkf/sportdata_live_blog/index.php

Good luck to everyone bring home the medals!

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29/30January 2018


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After a very long flight from Heathrow with a stop over in Moscow, the squad arrived in Sochi in the early hours. The squad are staying in what was part of the Winter Olympic Village in Sochi. The referees from England are also staying here having arrived a day early so they can take their exams for their official European Qualification.

The Kata Squad did some light training today whilst the kumite had some time out.

Tomorrow the head of delegation Mike O’Brien registers the athletes and the squad will start to prepare themselves for the 3 days of competition.

There will be updates here, the EKF Facebook page and Twitter page. There will be an RSS feed via sport data for results. Don’t forget that the squad are 3 hours ahead so updates should be available from around 6am.

Good luck everyone.

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