On Sunday 5th March 2006 a number of club members and accompanying spectators attended the 5th Legend Traditional Karate Competition. The event was held at the Littledown Centre, Bournemouth and was hosted by the Federation British Shotokan Karate Union International (FBSKUI) headed by Sensei Gerry Breeze 6th Dan. The event is one of the largest in England with over 300 competitors. In all eleven club members entered several events consisting of both individual and team categories ranging from Sambon Kumite to five man Team Kumite. This was the 2nd occasion that the club has participated in this yearly held event having previously entered in the 2nd legend Competition held in bath in March 2003.

One of the notable successes of the day was Patrick McMullen achieving a joint 3rd place in the 9 and 10 year old Sambon Kumite. Having negotiated 3 preliminary rounds to the semi-finals a minor error in the technique sequence prevented him from reaching the final. A top four ranking for red belt Patrick amongst competitors’ three grades senior to him was a thorough well deserved result.

Big Dave, Tim and I achieved joint 3rd in the Senior Team Kata (out of 5) with Meikyo (Mirror of the soul, Clean mirror and Cleaning a mirror). Our sequence timing was probably the best performance we could have hoped for but was marked down due to in-appropriate bunkai hand positions.

After a closely won semi-final, Ian B, Richard, Tim, Ian J and I reached the final of the Team Kumite category achieving a creditable 2nd (from 5) place to a strong team from the host association.

Having left home at 7.30am and returning via McDonald’s at 10.15pm it was a very long day. Losing an expensive purpose made gum shield that I’ve had for 20 years and the drawn out duration of the delayed finals was balanced by the medal successes of the day. All in all a good day out was had by all and we look forward to next year’s event.

 

Paul Edwards