The 5th Wantage Shotokan Kata and Kumite Competition was held on Sunday 7th October with just under 100 competitors entering 22 different categories for juniors, cadets and adults. The competition attracted entries from a number of like minded traditional associations that included TSKA, KUGB, JKAE and SSKA member clubs among others based in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Kent, Dorset, and Cornwall.

Financial support from both local and national sponsors was critical in allowing the day to go ahead. Special thanks and gratitude are therefore extended to Frank Mahon of the Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis and Morson International, provider of agency supplied engineering workers for their generous contributions.

The majority of the kumite events continue with Shobu Ippon (1 point) scoring to foster a traditional ‘no second chances’ martial spirit, aligned to ‘ikken hissatsu’ (to kill in one blow). However for the younger competitors Shobu Sambon (3 points) was preferred to maximise their time on the mat and to relax the scoring criteria. The morning was taken up with eliminations on three areas simultaneously. With the finals occurring in the afternoon after a welcome break. Lunch time entertainment was provided by Cando Martial Arts with an excellent and well received Jeet Kune Do and Kali (Filipino Weapons based Martial Art) demonstration on the concepts of being able to fight across a range of distances and against different styles of attack.

The best bout of the day featured Mackenzie Borwn and Olivia Orchard in the girls 135 to 149cm Shobu Sambon final where both girls shown tremendous spirit. Olivia came out on top despite a significant height difference. This battling spirit was of no surprise to her Sensei who noted that she had actually requested to compete against the boys as well!

 

Excellent examples of successful technically challenging kumite techniques and outstanding Kata performances were noted throughout the day. The collective decision made by the Officials for ‘Technique/performance of the day’ was awarded to Stella Vassiliow for a stunning kata performance of Sochin just edging it from Dillon Callery whose accurate reverse punch captured first place in his junior kumite category despite a aggressive and intimating opponent. Points were awarded to each club based on the cumulative individual and team results of club members from the various categories. The totals were ranked giving the overall club winner. An impressively large Margate team carried off the Club Championships pipping Tonbridge into second with Abingdon and the hosts Wantage taking joint third.

 

Category 1 – Junior Kata <140cm, Novice to 4th Kyu

  • 1st – Ryan Westgate Rajol (Tonbridge TSKA)
  • 2nd – Summer Double (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 3rd- Sarah May (Wantage TSKA)Category 2 – Junior Kata <140cm, 3rd Kyu & above
  • 1st – Connor Pearce (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – David Murphy (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 3rd- Olivia Orchard (Newquay TSKA)Category 3 – Junior Kata >140cm, Novice to 4th Kyu
  • 1st – Rohan Futter (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – Edward Grant-Thorund (Tonbridge TSKA)
  • 3rd- Christian Harris (Tonbridge TSKA)

    Category 4 – Junior Kata >140cm, 3rd Kyu & above

  • 1st – Alex Murphy (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – Alex Teckkam (Tonbridge TSKA)
  • 3rd- Joe Argent (Tonbridge TSKA) 

    Category 5 – Junior Team Kata

  • 1st – Mollie Baker, Mackenzie Brown & Ellen Petzendofer (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – Summer Double, Holly Double & Luke Double (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 3rd- Amy Betts, Jenny Barnes & Holly Ward (Wantage TSKA)

    Category 6 – Male Adult Kata, Novice to 4th Kyu

  • 1st – Oliver Verdon (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – James Wood (Tonbridge TSKA)
  • 3rd- Russ Walker (Margate TSKA)Category 7 – Male Adult Kata, 3rd Kyu & above
  • 1st – Ken Kawamoto (Oxford JKAE)
  • 2nd – Darren Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 3rd- Andrew MacDonald (Oxford JKAE)Category 8 – Female Adult Kata, Novice to 4th Kyu
  • 1st – Judith James (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – Jayne Whittern (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 3rd- Kerry Walker (Margate TSKA)Category 9 – Female Adult Kata, 3rd Kyu & above
  • 1st – Stella Vassiliow (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – Kirsty Barber (Margate TSKA)
  • 3rd- Tanya Gray (Swindon Akankama)Category 10 – Adult Team Kata
  • 1st – Kirsty Barber, Russ Walker & Steve Futter (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – Dave Paine, Jonathan Betts & Kerry Cross (Wantage TSKA)
  • 3rd- Sheryl Thomson, Kerry Walker & Chris Thomson (Margate TSKA)

    Category 11 – Pee Wee <120cm, Sambon Kumite

  • 1st – Morgan Fussell (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 2nd – Callum Betts (Wantage TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Lloyd Wolf (Swindon Akankama)
  • Joint 3rd- Matthew Blatchford (Margate TSKA)Category 12 – 120-134cm Girls, Shobu Sambon Kumite
  • 1st – Summer Double (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 2nd – Indie Dalzell (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 3rd- Amy Wakeman (Swindon Akankama)Category 13 – 120-134cm Boys, Shobu Sambon Kumite
  • 1st – Reece Tompsett (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – Ryan Westgate Rajol (Tonbrigde TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- George Bussey (Margate TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Mark Cheshire (Wantage TSKA)Category 14 – 135-149cm Girls, Shobu Sambon Kumite
  • 1st – Olivia Orchard (Newquay TSKA)
  • 2nd – Mackenzie Brown (Margate TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Eliner Jones (Abingdon KUGB)
  • Joint 3rd- Sati Dalzell (Tonbrigde TSKA)Category 15 – 135-149cm Boys, Shobu Sambon Kumite
  • 1st – Dillon Callery (Tonbrigde TSKA)
  • 2nd – Freddie Fowles (Margate TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Christian Harris (Tonbrigde TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Edward Grant-Thorund (Tonbrigde TSKA)Category 16 – >150cm Boys, Shobu Ippon Kumite
  • 1st – Alex Teckkam (Tonbrigde TSKA)
  • 2nd – Jamie Pearse (Swindon Akankama)
  • Joint 3rd- Rhys Bickham (Swindon Akankama)
  • Joint 3rd- Tyler Curtis (Oxford OKA)Category 17 – >150cm Girls, Shobu Sambon Kumite
  • 1st – Alison Franklin (Wantage TSKA)
  • 2nd – Teifi Walters (Wantage TSKA)
  • 3rd- Sarah Rogers (Swindon Akankama)Category 18 – Male Adult, Novice to 4th Kyu, Shobu Ippon Kumite
  • 1st – Steve Futter (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – Richard Ward (Wantage TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Tony Murphy (Abingdon KUGB)
  • Joint 3rd- Oliver Verdon (Abingdon KUGB)

    Category 19 – Male Adult, 3rd Kyu & above, Shobu Ippon Kumite

  • 1st – Darren Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)
  • 2nd – Ken Kawamoto (Oxford JKAE)
  • Joint 3rd- Chris Maskell (Thatcham JKAE)
  • Joint 3rd- Keith Redshaw (Margate TSKA)Category 20 – Female Adult, Novice to 4th Kyu, Shobu Ippon Kumite
  • 1st – Virginia Richardson (Abingdon KUGB)
  • 2nd – Karolina Nenca (Wantage TSKA)
  • 3rd- Jayne Whittern (Abingdon KUGB)Category 21 – Female Adult, 3rd Kyu & above, Shobu Ippon Kumite
  • 1st – Carolyn Doyle (Margate TSKA)
  • 2nd – Stella Vassiliow (Abingdon KUGB)
  • Joint 3rd- Kerry Cross (Wantage TSKA)
  • Joint 3rd- Belinda Ellis (Margate TSKA)

    Category 22 – Male Adult Team Shobu Ippon Kumite

  • 1st – Mick Bussey, Darren Whittaker, Steffane Brown, Steve Fuller & Keith Redshaw (Kent TSKA)
  • 2nd – Barry Knight, Richard May, Ian Jordan, Chris Bell & Richard Ward (Wantage TSKA).Technique/Performance of the day
  • Stella Vassiliow (Abingdon KUGB)Club Championship
  • 1st – Margate TSKA 26 points
  • 2nd – Tonbridge TSKA 23 points
  • Joint 3rd – Wantage TSKA & Abingdon KUGB 22 points