Members of club competed at the 9th legend competition held in Bracknell on Saturday 7th March 2009. It was a great turn out from the club with 15 members entering a large selection of junior, adult, individual and team categories. The objectives set prior to the start of the competition was for the club to achieve one gold, two silver and three bronze positions.

 

Members of club competed at the 9th legend competition held in Bracknell on Saturday 7th March 2009. It was a great turn out from the club with 15 members entering a large selection of junior, adult, individual and team categories. The objectives set prior to the start of the competition was for the club to achieve one gold, two silver and three bronze positions.

 

Members of club competed at the 9th legend competition held in Bracknell on Saturday 7th March 2009. It was a great turn out from the club with 15 members entering a large selection of junior, adult, individual and team categories. The objectives set prior to the start of the competition was for the club to achieve one gold, two silver and three bronze positions.

 

As is typical of these large events the 9.30 prompt start didn’t really occur until gone 10.15. A shortage of officials also resulted in the intermittent use of the three available areas. By 7pm all remaining club members were flagging a little so a pragmatic decision was taken to withdraw from the remaining categories of 3 man and 3 person mixed team kumite which would undoubtedly have taken a further couple of hours to complete. Despite this the objectives of the day were exceed by a number of good performances detailed below:

 

    • Ewan Tolley 3rd place, 11s and under Sambon kumite.
    • Sarah May, Callum Betts & George Fry 2nd place, Junior Team Kata.
    • Karolina Nenca 1st place, 8th to 4th kyu Individual kata.
    • Karolina Nenca 2nd place, 8th to 4th kyu Individual kumite.
    • Dave Paine 2nd place, Veteran individual kata.
    • Paul Edwards 3rd place, Veteran individual kata.
    • Paul Edwards 2nd place, Veteran individual kumite.
    • Alison Franklin, Karolina Nenca & Jenny Barnes 2nd place, Ladies team kata.
    • Brenda Longmuir, Kay Savage & Kim Cross 3rd place, Ladies team kata.
    • Brenda Longmuir, Alison Franklin & Karolina Nenca 2nd place, Ladies team kumite

Notable occurrences during the day were: Unfortunately Little George and Ewan were drawn against each other in the first round of the Sambon Kumite. Ewan started strongly and improved all day taking a well deserved joint 3rd place. The duration of the 12 to 15 year old black and brown kata category in which Jenny progressed into the 2nd round. The event had so many competitors that Jenny’s Mum, Alex managed to drop her off, return to Reading, see her son’s footy match and then return to find the event still in progress! Despite practice with Big Dave and Big Steve, Sensei Paul managed to forget the choreographed bow at the start of the team kata that sent the other two into catch up mode. Although the finish wasn’t too bad the damage had been done resulting in a poor score. Sorry! The club was at least consistent with all three senior kata teams suffering from the odd perturbations. It’s a pity Sensei Paul’s ashi barai – jodan tsuki combination didn’t result in an ippon score in the veteran’s final. By all accounts there was certainly evidence of the sweep making contact. A good performance by the ladies kumite team resulted in a second place. Brenda resulted to tactics of chasing her opponent all round the area (I think she was doubling up and exercising at the same time), while Alison had to contend with a giant opponent at least 10” taller than her and Karolina just did her own thing and ignored her coach.

Despite the self inflicted stresses with competing it was a worth while day with most of the Wantage squad getting a trophy or medal for their troubles.

Paul Edwards