On Sunday 30th April Walsall Karate Dojo has representation at two championships on the same day.
A small team of six squad members made their way North to the annual JKS Novice Championships in York, which is very popular and excellently run by Paul Brant and the team from Selby Shotokan Karate Club. The competitiors were Emily Harper, Callum Hulse, Panashe Mangwana, Joshua Meade, David Pearson and George Pearson. They were coached on the day by Steve Carless and Mark Turner. We also sent Steve Spence and Darren Rushton on officiating duties plus the usual superb support from parents and friends. The team came home with a very credible 1 Gold and 4 Bronze medals with some very encouraging performances from all six.
Another, more experienced team of eight squad members headed south to Western-Super-Mare for the WKU Open invitational which is an excellent standard and well run competition. The competitiors were Ynno Angeles, Sharaf Ebrahimi, Sydney McAleenan-Marks, Johann Santos, Ben Stanley, Joe Stanley, Millie Stanley and Isabella Wilkes. They were coached on the day by John Santos and Paul Stanley, with support from friends and family who made the trip. The team cam home with 4 Golds and 2 Silver which is excellent.
Well done to all competitors and thank you to all coaches, officials and supporters for being part of the Walsall Team.
Here are the medal winners:
Johann Santos - Senior Male Kata (Black Belt) (WKU Open)
Sharaf Ebrahimi - Veterans Mixed Kata (WKU Open)
Panashe Mangwana - Girls 9-11 Kumite (JKS Novice)
Isabella Wilkes - Girls <16 Kata (Black Belt) (WKU Open)
Johann Santos / Sharaf Ebrahimi - Senior Pairs Kata (WKU Open)
Sharaf Ebrahimi - Senior Male Kata (Black Belt) (WKU Open)
Millie Stanley - Senior Female Kata (Black Belt) (WKU Open)
David Pearson - Mens Senior Kumite (2nd Kyu - Shodan) (JKS Novice)
Callum Hulse - Mens 14-17 Kumite (JKS Novice)
Emily Harper - Mixed 12-16 Kata (JKS Novice)
Joshua Meade - Mixed 9-11 Kata (JKS Novice)