The 7th Wantage Shotokan Kata and Kumite Competition was held on Sunday 11th October 2009 with over 155 individual entries and over 20 team entries for juniors, cadets and adults in kata and kumite categories. The competition attracted entries from the like minded traditional associations as the TSKA, KUGB, JKAE and SSKA member clubs based in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Kent and Devon. Competitors also took part from the British Combat Association and the Central England Shotokan Karate Association, Northampton.


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 Adrian Rayment from Margate TSKA for the brilliant execution of a double legged ashi barai and gedan gyaku tzuki combation which he performed on three separate occasions during the day. This just edging it from two jodan mawashi geri from Tom Watson, Devon TSKA and a jodan ura mawashi geri from Ian Pettifer, Thatcham JKAE.


The ‘Karate-ka of the Day’ for the best overall competitor that had entered all available kata, kumite and team events was awarded to 14 year old Edward Thorund Grant, Tonbridge TSKA. Edward achieved 1st place in the Boys over 150cm kumite beating a very spirited competitor, 1st place in the junior individual kata over 140cm 3rd kyu & above and 2nd in the junior team kata.


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 KUGB team (Cando Martial Arts) carried off the Club Championships with a similar sized Margate TSKA team coming second and Tonbridge TSKA taking third.


Category 1 – Peewee Kata

1st – George Fry (Wantage TSKA)

2nd – Callum Betts (Wantage TSKA)

3rd– Navya Bhatnagar (Wantage TSKA)


Category 2 – Junior Kata <140cm, Novice to 4th Kyu

1st – Nandini Bhatnagar (Wantage TSKA)

2nd – Georgia Matthews (Abingdon KUGB)

3rd – Zachary Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)


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

1st – Lauren James (Abingdon KUGB)

2nd – Connor Pearce (Margate TSKA)

3rd– Luke Gilbert (Abingdon KUGB)


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

1st – Jacob Cherrington (Ardley JKAE)

2nd – Madison Clarke (Devon TSKA)

3rd– Josh Cherrington (Ardley JKAE)


Category 5 – Junior Kata >140cm, 3rd Kyu & above

1st – Edward Thorund Grant (Tonbridge TSKA)

2nd – Erin Lee (Margate TSKA)

3rd– Dylan Callery (Tonbridge TSKA)


Category 6 – Junior Team Kata

1st – Lauren James, Luke Gilbert & Jasine Ewart (Abingdon KUGB)

2nd – Edward Thorund Grant, James Engleback & Tom Engleback (Tunbridge Wells TSKA)

3rd– Melissa Betts, Sarah May & Nandini Bhatnagar (Wantage TSKA)


Category 7 – Male Adult Kata, Novice to 4th Kyu

1st – Warren James (Margate TSKA)

2nd – Richard Grecian (Wantage TSKA)

3rd– Ian Roberts (Margate TSKA)


Category 8 – Male Adult Kata, 3rd Kyu & above

1st – Ian Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)

2nd – Neil Jerome (Northampton CESKA)

3rd– Daniel Glenfield (Abingdon KUGB)



Category 9 – Female Adult Kata, 4th Kyu & above

1st – Stella Vassiliou (Abingdon KUGB)

2nd – Kurstey Barber (Tonbridge TSKA)

3rd– Jazz McLearie (Abingdon KUGB)


Category 10 – Adult Team Kata

1st – Stella Vassiliou, Judith James & Jazz McLearie (Abingdon KUGB)

2nd – Baz Tullet, Kurstey Barber & Russ Walker (Margate TSKA)

3rd– Ian Pettifer, Ian Sandland & Peter Walker (Thatcham JKAE)


Category 11 – Boys Pee Wee, Sambon Kumite

1st – George Fry (Wantage TSKA)

2nd – Callum Betts (Wantage TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Oliver Bradshaw (Thatcham JKAE)

Joint 3rd– Braidy Smith (Margate TSKA)


Category 12 – Girls Pee Wee, Sambon Kumite

1st – Navya Bhatnagar (Wantage TSKA)

2nd – Anna Llwellyn (Thatcham JKAE)


Category 14 – 120-134cm Boys Kumite

1st – Zachary Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)

2nd – Dylan Richards (Abingdon KUGB)

Joint 3rd– Ryan Rajol (Tonbridge TSKA)

Joint 3rd– George Bussey (Margate TSKA)


Category 15 – 130-149cm Girls Kumite

1st – Sati Dalzell (Tonbridge TSKA)

2nd – Indi Dalzell (Tonbridge TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Florrie Engleback (Tonbridge TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Lauren James (Abingdon JKAE)


Category 16 – Boys Kumite >150cm

1st – Edward Thorund Grant (Tonbridge TSKA)

2nd – Freddie Fowles (Margate TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Callum Belprez (Wantage TSKA)

Joint 3rd– James Fell (Wantage TSKA)


Category 17 – Girls Kumite >150cm Boys

1st – Erin Lea (Margate TSKA)

2nd – Emily Walker (Thatcham JKAE)


Category 18 – Male cadet Kumite

1st – Oscar Ratcliffe (Devon TSKA)

2nd – Tom Engleback (Tonbridge TSKA)


Category 19 – Male kumite, Novice to 4th Kyu.

1st – Tom Watson (Devon TSKA)

2nd – Alfredo Adloan (Tonbridge TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Ian Roberts (Margate TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Steve Custance (Tonbridge TSKA)


Category 20 – Female kumite, 3rd Kyu & above

1st – Caroline Doyle (Margate TSKA)

2nd – Jayne Wittern (Abingdon KUGB)

Joint 3rd– Belinda Ellis (Margate TSKA)


Category 21 – Male Adult, 3rd Kyu & above Kumite

1st – Ian Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)

2nd – Neil Jerome (Northampton CESKA)

Joint 3rd– Buz Tullet (Tonbridge TSKA)

Joint 3rd– Darren Pettifer (Thatcham JKAE)


Category 22 – Mixed Team Kumite

1st – Margate TSKA

2nd – Abingdon KUGB


Category 23 – Team Kumite

1st – Thatcham JKAE

2nd – Margate TSKA

3rd – Wanatge TSKA


Technique/Performance of the day

Adrian Rayment (Margate TSKA) – Double leg Ashi Barai, Gyalu Tzuki


Karate-ka of the Day

Edward Thorund Grant (Tonbridge TSKA) – 1st individual kata & kumite, & 2nd team kata.


Club Championship

1st – Abingdon KUGB

2nd – Margate TSKA

3rd – Tonbridge TSKA