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Waltham Abbey Karate Club Best Championship Results Ever

Author: Rod Butler Published: 6th December 2013 11:52

Waltham Abbey Karate Club Championship winners 2013 

Waltham Abbey Karate Club had its best ever results at the recent Shotokan Karate England Championships held at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday 16th November 2013.

The event started at 9.00am and carried on until the evening when the finalists performed their very best Karate of the day. 500 contestants took part from karate clubs around London and the South of England.

Waltham Abbey Karate Club is young, having only started 7 years ago, and it now has three Black Belts; Laura Joiner, Samantha Burton and Ben Green plus a strong group of Brown Belts. There were extra squad training sessions before the Championships to help all of the Waltham Abbey members who wanted to take part in the Championships.

There are classes at Waltham Abbey Pool on Saturdays from 11.00am and at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre on Thursdays from 6.00pm. Anyone can go along at these times for a free trial class although children cannot take part if under 6 years old. If you want to go along and watch the Waltham Abbey team in action you will be made most welcome.

Shotokan Karate is an extremely popular activity for adults and children alike. There is no upper age limit but at the lower end children below the age of 6 are not accepted in Karate Clubs. Karate brings a sense of discipline and respect to the practitioner together with the benefits of self defence. Karate is defensive and not as many people imagine offensive.

Championship Results

Girls Black Belt Jiyu Kumite - Laura Joiner – Gold

Girls Black Belt Kata – Samantha Burton – Silver

Boys Brown Belt Kata – Aodan Bayford - Bronze

Adult Ippon Kumite - Dina Kitchenside – Gold

Childrens Kata - Magen Taylor – Gold

Childrens Kata – Kane White - Silver

Team Kata – Waltham Abbey – Silver

Childrens Team Kata - Bronze

Sanbon Kumite 3rd – Paul Giddy

Boys Jiyu Kumite – Ben Green – Bronze

Ladies Kata – Fatemah Ektehary – Silver

Aodan Bayford was also presented with the special 'Spirit of the Day' award for his spectacular efforts in all events

The photograph above by kind permission of Shotokan Karate England shows medal winners with club instructor Lucy Butler on the far right.

For more information on karate and this Championships can be found at: http://www.shotokan-karate-england.co.uk/

For your information and understanding please see listed below the Karate Terminology used in this article:

Kata = Prearranged Set forms of Karate Techniques

Jiyu Kumite = Freestyle sparring.

Ippon Kumite = pre-arraged sparring.

Team Kata – A team of 3 performing synchronised Kata

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