Kimesanchin Kata & Kumite Tournament 24/06/2016

Sensei Oren, Mark and Daniel Brightey

Sensei Oren, Mark and Daniel Brightey

So I’m a week late posting this, but I wanted to run this update with photos to go along with it.

I was invited to participate in KimeSanchin’s yearly kata & kumite tournament. The last time I was at a karate tournament was in 2010, so this was quite the gap to get back into a competition.

The tournament, which started at 11am and lasted until 5pm, had kata, team kata, and kumite categories split between¬†juniors and seniors (and a “tag” kumite for the ‘peewee’ categories).

Two of Zanshin’s students, father and son, Mark and Daniel Brightey (2nd and 5th kyu respectively) joined me for the kumite categories.

Daniel Brightey awarded 3rd place

Daniel Brightey awarded 3rd place

I am happy to announce that Daniel Brightey walked away with 3rd place bronze for his category – after being placed in a higher category¬†(he’s 14 and a 5th Kyu, and was pitted against other U16s and yudansha). It was tough but I’m sure he’ll agree well worth the training.

Unfortunately Mark and I were not as lucky in our category. We were in the over-18s, 3rd kyu and above category. Next year though, we will do better!

Sensei Oren performing Pinan Godan

Finally, I entered the kata category at a last-minute push from Kimesanchin’s instructor Ian. While I got through to the 3rd place deciding match, I blanked in my performance of Wanshu,
which lost me the medal.

 

 

Daniel Brightey sparring

Daniel Brightey sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

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