National Championships 2013

This years National Championships where held on Saturday 23rd November at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. Twelve students from region 20 made the trip up the M1 to compete for their chance to become National Champion.

The day started with competitors entering the competition area grouped into zones to line up for the bow in. It was an exciting day for all, and everyone competed in the true spirit of Karate-Do. It was great to see a new structure for the Open Kata events using a system of flags for the judges to vote for the best kata performance.

The atmosphere throughout the day was truly amazing and it was a pleasure to see so many of Region 20’s students enjoying the experience of competing against the best of the best of GKR Karate in the UK.

Everyone did extremely well, especially considering that to even be there, required qualifying earlier in the year, but the following students went one step further and earned a medal in the process. Well done to the following:

KOBIE RICHMOND
5-7 years, 6-4th Kyu – Bronze for Kata

JESSICA RAYIF-PEARSON
10-11 years, 6-4th Kyu Female – Silver for Kumite

ALEX SMURTHWAITE
16-17 years, 6-4th Kyu Male – Silver for Kata & Bronze for Kumite

BECKY ANDREWARTHA – NATIONAL CHAMPION
16-17 years, 3-1st Kyu Female – Gold for Kata & Silver for Kumite

MIKE FOSKETT – NATIONAL CHAMPION
55 years & above, 6-4th Kyu Male – Gold for Kata

SENSEI ANDRIANNE HUDSON
Female Instructors – Silver for Kata

I would also like to mention the fact that one of these champions did so despite having tonsillitis. Well done Kobie Richmond for showing a true fighting spirit.

As always, DE photo where there on the day. If you want to see if there are any great shots of you in action, click the icon below.

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach