On Sunday 2nd September, thirty-seven members headed across to the inaugural West Midlands Karate Open in Cannock which proved to be a very high quality and well run competition. Compliments go out to Joe Mongan and Rob Bingham for organising the event. We certainly look forward to returning in 2019.
Twenty four members of the team were regular squad members with the addition of thirteen less experienced who were only representing the dojo for the first or second time. The team did extremely well and we ended up winning the team of the day trophy having racked up the most points based on medal finishes. During the course of the day we saw some outstanding performances from many of the members.
Coaches for the day were Steve Carless, Bob Piggott, John Santos, Darren Rushton, Paul Stanley and Mark Turner. Thanks you to all coaches who gave their time to support our brilliant team and also to the family members and friends who went along to support on the day.
All team members acquitted themselves superbly on the day, whether they medalled or not. We finished the day with a superb 9 Gold, 11 Silver and 14 Bronze medals. It was very pleasing that twenty-five members medalled. A special mention must go to Gold medallists Johann Santos, Sharaf Ebrahimi and Louis Powell for kata, Anthony Wilkes and Tina Barnes in Kumite plus our super team and pairs kata! A big thank you also to Johann who stepped into the mens team kumite event at the last minute and fought superbly due to the last minute withdrawal of our top fighter Lewis Bradbury due to injury. We all wish Lewis well for a good recovery.
Overall an outstanding day for the Walsall Karate Dojo squad!
Here are the full list of medals:
Johann Santos - Senior Male Kata
Louis Powell - 14-15 Yrs Male Open Grade Kata
Sharaf Ebrahimi - Veterans Male Kata
Anthony Wilkes - Veterans Male Kumite
Tina Barnes - Veterans Female Kumite
Johann Santos, Sharaf Ebrahimi - Senior Pairs Kata
Kris Orthodoxou, Karanjeet Basran, Louis Powell - 13-15 Yrs Team Kata
Isabella Wilkes, Joshua Meade, Thomas Elmore - 10-12 Yrs Team Kata
Isabella Wilkes, Thomas Elmore - 10-12 Yrs Pairs Kata
Tanya Barratt - Senior Female +60Kg Kumite
Louis Powell - 14-15 Yrs Boys -63Kg Kumite
Isabella Wilkes - 10-11 Yrs Girls Open Grade Kata
Archie Hill - 8-9 Yrs Boys Open Grade Kumite
Freya Milligan - 8-9 Yrs Girls Below 4th Kyu Kumite
Freya Milligan - 8-9 Yrs Girls Below 4th Kyu Kata
Tina Barnes - Veterans Female Kata
Callum Hulse, Johann Santos, Anthony Wilkes - Senior Male Team Kumite
Amelia Stanley, Tanya Barratt, Tina Barnes - Senior Female Team Kumite
Grace Hall, Amelia Stanley, Cara Hopkins - Senior Team Kata
Luanna Roque Henriques, Emily Harper, Grace Hall - 13-15 Yrs Female Team Kumite
Callum Hulse - Senior Male +75Kg Kumite
Amelia Stanley - 16-17 Yrs Girls -55 Kg Kumite
Cara Hopkins - 16-17 Yrs Girls -55 Kg Kumite
Cara Hopkins - 16-17 Yrs Girls Open Weight Kumite
Ynno Angeles - 14-15 Yrs Boys -63Kg Kumite
Ynno Angeles - 14-15 Yrs Male Open Grade Kata
Luanna Roque Henriques - 12-13 Yrs Girls +45Kg Kumite
Thomas Elmore - 12-13 Yrs Boys Open Grade Kata
Faye Salt - 10-11 Yrs Girls Below 4th Kyu Kumite
Darius Rahmati - 8-9 Yrs Boys Open Grade Kata
Frankie Carless - 7 Yrs and Below Open Grade Kata
Amar Chakraborty - Veterans Male Kumite
Amelia Stanley, Cara Hopkins - Senior Pairs Kata
Darius Rahmati, Zach Ruizo - 8-9 Yrs Below Pairs Kata