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Portugal 2014

49th European Senior Karate Championships Tampere, Finland May 1st - 4th 2014

The below are reports and results posted from Finland.

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Day 3 – Finals Day

Day three was individual finals day and England had two athletes competing, Alton Brown in the male -75kg bronze medal match and Jordan Thomas male -67kg final.

First up was Alton Brown with a real opportunity to win England’s first medal of the championships, competing against DONA of France. Although Dona is a well decorated athlete he has not been in great form in recent years which presented realistic expectations of a medal and up against the ‘in form’ Alton Brown of England. The bout itself proved to be a disappointing one and in a largely inactive bout Alton was unable to claw back the two point deficit and proceeded to lose 0-8 on category two warnings. Unable to recapture the drive and performance of day one we had settle for fifth place overall. The flip side being, if this was the 2015 European Championships, Alton would have automatically qualified for a place in the 2015 European Olympics being held in Baku Azerbaijan next year. In addition Alton has gained important WKF ranking points of which will improve his World ranking status, so therefore a great effort over all.

The last individual match of the championships and England’s ‘Golden’ opportunity now rested on the young shoulders of Jordan Thomas. On day one Jordan was in fantastic form scoring a total of 16 points only conceding two against and although this is not a guarantee of success it could be argued that it is sound performance indicator and we were confident in his scoring abilities. Jordan was up against the competitor from Azerbaijan, ALIYEV NIYAZI and as expected proved to be a very tactical and close bout. Jordan scored first with a counter punch found it difficult to hold onto the lead and his opponent drew back the match 1-1. In line with the rules in the event of a draw, throughout the match Jordan was better tactically and committed to more attacks therefore won the bout (and the title) on a 3-2 decision.

‘Congratulations to Jordan Thomas’, the English Karate Federations first Senior European Champion and England’s second over 14 year span. His name now resides in the record books next to names of former Senior European Champions such as, Leon Walters, Wayne Otto, Mick Sailsman, Mervyn Etienne, Molly Samuel-Laporte, Jillian Toney, Willie Thomas (phew, to mention but a few) and now Jordan Thomas -67kg Senior European Champion 2014.


Major championships always bring sorrow with joy, elation and despair, both physical and emotional pain, but the excitement and adrenalin of competing against Europe’s finest keeps us coming back for more. Whether we won, lost or drew all the EKF competitors did their country proud and has acted with distinction both on and off the tatami. Note on the medal table England came joint sixth and that it does not say a name of a category but simply ‘England’, thus meaning we all share in this in this success and indeed are a part of it.

Final statistics; 1 x 9th place, 2 x 7th place, 1 x 5th place, and 1 x 1st place. Therefore five of the nine individual entrants finished in the top nine in Europe of which can only mean one thing. England is on the rise. The message is a simple one, ENGLAND – ‘YES WE CAN’

Thank you to the EKF staff that have worked to support the squad both prior and during the event.

  • Assistant coaches Davin Pack & Paul Newby
  • Squad physiotherapist Mohinder Surdhar Phd
  • Head of Delegation/EKF Admin Debbie Sell
  • EKF Board members
  • Sponsors BLITZ Martial Arts Supplies

As national coach it has been a privilege to represent the EKF at major championships and shoulder the responsibility and trust placed in me to nurture and develop England finest. THANK YOU

Willie Thomas National Coach

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2nd May - Day 2 of Competition

Day 2

The second day started with both male and female Kata events England’s male team athletes were Robert Bingham, John Gardiner and Chris Karwacinski. The female team were Natalie Payne, Aimee Sell and Melissa Williamson.

The men faced Portugal in the first round and unfortunately lost 0-5, Portugal then went against Spain but lost out to Spain 4-1 in the semi-final and therefore no repo-charge for the guys. The female team suffered a similar fate and put up a spirited performance against the Belarus team narrowly losing 3-2 on flags. Belarus lost 5-0 in the next round to the eventual finalists Italy. The standard of European Karate is rising all the time and both teams have learnt from their losses and keen to get back to training and come back stronger and more determined.

Next up was the female kumite team namely Amelia Harvey, Carla Burkitt, Natalie Williams and Kate Karwacinski. From the outset there was an air of confidence around this team and given the individual pedigree of the athlete’s expectations were high.

England were drawn against the Ukraine in the first round and were confident of contesting the bout well knowing if they win their chances of a medal would increase. Natalie Williams was up first and took up and an early 2 point lead. As she edged closer to victory she got caught with uro maewashi geri and ran out of time to recoup the point thus losing 3-2. Kate was up next against the former European Champion and although worked hard was unable to hold off the attacks from the Ukraine and lost 2-0 to provide Ukraine with the 2-0 overall.

There are areas for improvement in this promising team and through training and development England can achieve these new benchmarks for performance

W Thomas National Coach

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1st May - Day 1 of Competition

Female individual Kata

Emma Lucraft got off to a great start beating the competitor from Denmark 5-0 and in the second round lost 0-5 against the highly decorated Italian athlete who proved to be in formidable form all day and went on to make the finals. This brought Emma back into the repo-charge where she lost to Turkey in her first repo-charge bout.

Male individual Kata

John Gardiner Stepped in to represent England with a positive attitude and was eager to perform on the European stage. He competed against the competitor from Montenegro and narrowly lost two flags to three. The Montenegro athlete lost 4-1 to France who then himself lost to the Italian 3-2 in the next round, thus dashing any hopes of a repo-charge opportunity John. The benchmark has been clearly drawn for John who has only been inspired to train harder.

Female Individual umite

Carla Burkitt (-55kg) put up a spirited battle against WARLING from Luxemburg dropping and early point in the bout. She pulled it back 1-1 but in the dying seconds dropped another to lose 1-2. Warling was in great form and went on to make the finals bring Carla back into the repo-charge. Undeterred, Carla was drawn against MEYLNK from the Ukraine and lost 5-0. A disappointed Carla will have an opportunity to compete in the ladies team and another medal opportunity.

Natalie Williams (-61Kg) was in great form beating STELAND SONJA (LUX) 5-0 in her first bout and then ABIYEVA FARIDA (AZE) 6-0 in her second. Natalie fought a controlled fight in the quarter finals drawing the match 1-1 and lost on the tightest of margins 2-3 on flags. An astounded Natalie felt sure to progress to the semi-finals and thus a medal winning opportunity but her hopes were dashed when the athlete MAKSIMOVIC JELENA (MNE)lost and hopes of a repo-charge quickly faded.

Kate Kawacinski (-68kg) was in a positive mind-set approaching the fight and was up against the U21 European Silver medallist ZUANON CHIARA (ITA) in the first round. Kate was challenging her opponent throughout the bout but was unable to break through losing 0-2. The Italian went on to lose to the eventual finalist in the following round leaving Kate the team event to focus on.

Male Kumite

Chris Harris (-60kg) made a steady start beating MCLOUGHLIN AARON(IRL)in the first round 3-0. Now safely through the first round Chris continued his campaign against a talented competitor CHARALAMPIDIS IOANNIS (GRE)beating him by an impressive 6-0. Now in the quarter finals Chris senses a real chance of success but came up against LIDEGAARD CASPER (DEN) who was in formidable form beating Chris 5-0 and went on to gain a place in the final. Chris had one fight to gain a place in the bronze medal final and lost 3-0 to HEIMANN ALEXANDER (GER)who competes on Saturday for the bronze medal. Chris finished 7th place overall.

Jordan Thomas (-67kg) came of age this day. He produced an outstanding performance to reach the finals of the Championships on Saturday. Jordan had a bye in the first round and had to ensure he was properly warmed up to meet in GIEGLER RICARDO (GER)his first bout. Jordan won 8-0 scoring with a variety of punching and kicking techniques. Jordan then beat the world no.3 POKORNY STEFANfrom Austria (4-1) who beat the favoured French competitor GARIN MARVIN in the previous round.

The semi-final Jordan confirmed his dominance by beating the Hungarian athlete TADISSI YVES4-1 to become the first male English Karate Federation male competitor to medal at a European Championships. A level headed Jordan is quietly preparing himself for a very real opportunity of becoming a European Champion.

Alton Brown (-75kg) produced a fantastic performance wining his first two bouts. Round one saw him convincingly beat AL-WANDI AHMED (SWE)3-1 and in round two with another sound performance beat VIRAG ANDRASfrom Hungary 2-0. In round three he came up against current World Champion, Busa from Italy and in a well contested fight lost 0-2. Busa went on to make the finals giving Alton another medal winning opportunity.

Alton was drawn against MORENO_PAZ FERNANDOfrom Spain and beat him is a very tight match 2-1 to gain a place in the bronze medal fight off against DONA of France on Saturday

Ryan Jay (-84kg) competed against the capable LUCIC DANILO from Montenegro in the first round and disappointing lost 2-0 without a chance to get his ‘motor running’. Ryan remarked that ‘I did not fight to my best’, but he remains positive for the future and keen to build on his experiences here at the Championships.W

W Thomas National Coach

30th April 2014

The squad again went to the training venue with their coach's after breakfast to continue their preparations for these championships. Wednesday was registration day which went very smoothly followed by a meeting of congress with the other European Federations. The congress was addressed by Mr Espinos the WKF and EKF President. There are some exciting new things in the pipeline to come from the WKF to which Congress was informed about these included the dates and qualification criteria for the new European Olympic Games of which, karate is a participant but only via membership of the WKF. There are to be some changes to the Junior/Cadet U21 event with additional18 -21 categories. There is also some new video technology which is to be used at these championships which will also include, video analysis, talent ID and performance other exciting new features for coach's of National Federations.

The squad returned by lunch time to the hotel, relaxed and waited in anticipation for the draws.

We have some fighters on today including Kate Karwacinski who met up with the squad late last night and the Individual kata events. We hope to bring you updates via Facebook and Twitter depending on Wi-Fi connection.

Good luck to the squad and coach's for today.

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28-29th April 2014

The squad met at Heathrow T3 Monday afternoon for the first leg of the journey to Tampere, Finland. We landed in Stockholm for our connecting flight where we all squeezed on what must be one of the smallest planes ever, to continue the journey to Finland. We arrived at the hotel about 1am and once rooms were sorted it was agreed to meet up for breakfast at 8.30-9am as training was to start at 10am.

Tuesday morning and the squad were taken to the training session which is next door to the competition venue they were fortunate to have the whole training area to themselves, so this allowed the squad to have plenty of room on the mats. As usual kata and kumite split and the squad started training in their respective teams or as individuals. The training was very light with the kata squads going through their chosen katas and bunkai. The kumite were fine tuning some techniques and scenarios. The squad finished around 1pm and returned to the hotel where they were briefed on what was happening over the next few days. The squad are now relaxing before dinner. Some of the squad will return to the training venue tomorrow whilst registration begins at the HQ Hotel. The squad are in good spirits and looking forward to the competition starting.

Photos by Aether Productions and W Thomas

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Saturday 19.5.14 Pre-Training Senior Squad

The Kata and Kumite squad met up at Alex Harts Dojo in Waltham Abbey at the weekend. The squad going to the Senior Europeans were also joined by other England 'A' squad member to take part in this training session.

Both Kata and Kumite took part in a conditioning session and although demanding it was enjoyable. The groups were then split to complete their relative specific training with sessions led by Coach's Willie Thomas, Johnathan Mottram and Davin Pack.

Spirits are high with an air of excitement amoungst the squad. With this in mind there is still work to be done before the big event.

The squad will be meeting up during the week to continue their training with their respective coach's and then meet up for a final session on Saturday 26/5/14 again at Alex Harts Dojo.

W Thomas National Kumite Coach




What a great start to 2018, outstanding performances from the young lions. The EKF is extremely proud of this young squad who have a bright future ahead of them.  Thank you to all the staff that looked after the squad and to the coaches. Thank you to Blitz for the squads kit. Thank you to the parents and supporters that traveled to Sochi to support the Squad.  Well done to the EKF referees who were taking exams and officiating at these Championships Dale Gamble, Nariman Jeddi, Matthew Soanes, Rob Lamb, Gary Hoyle and Carl Jorgeson. A report from Chief Referee Dale Gamble will be added soon.

Reports from Kata and Kumite Coaches

Male u21 kumite-67kg
Sam Day

First round Switzerland 2-1

Sam was quick to score the first point with a sharp Jodan punch gaining senshu. After a couple of exchanges Sam was now behind 2 – 1 but the Swiss athlete was now on his last cat 2 warning.  Sam pressed the fight knowing he only needed to score or force a cat 2 warning.  For 1 minute 30 seconds the Swiss athlete did a category 2 foul in the book to avoid Sams techniques but wasn’t disqualified . Final score 2-1 Swiss Unlucky Sam.

Female u21 kumite -68kg
Alexandra Williams

First round Russia 3-0

Alexandra’s debut for England was against home nation Russia so the pressure was on. Alex listened to her coach and stuck to her basics and was unlucky on the first 2 exchanges.  Towards the end of the bout in frustration Alexandra ran in and was picked off by the Russian ending the bout 3-0. Russia went all the way to the semifinalsthen just losing out so no repechage this time.

Male u21 kumite + 84kg

Josh Gleadle

1st round France 6-0

Josh was game and showed he was going to give it his best shot on his debut for England and took it to the sharp French Athlete.  Josh was only behind by a couple of points when he lost discipline and threw a wild kick which was countered with the French opponets own kick  giving the win to France 6-0.

The French opponent advances to the final Josh is back in repechage.

1st round Azerbaijan repechage  5-2.

Josh is scored on twice before finding the target on the Azerbaijani and scores with a Jodan punch, Josh quickly  scores again. Josh was still having to press because Azerbaijani has the  senshu advantage. Unfortunately Josh gets picked off a few more times and loses 5-2 . Well done Josh lots learned at these championships .

Male U21 -75kg
Mitchell Thorpe
1st round 2-6 Israel
High hopes for our world silver medalist, unfortunately it wasn’t Mitchell’s day. The athlete from Israel was very awkward for Mitchell fighting till the end but, the referees didn’t seem to favour Mitchell’s techniques as a score . Mitchell is a great talent and will bounce back stronger !

Female U21 -50kg
Chloe Lydon
1st round 1-1 Netherlands
A positive performance from Chloe, unfortunately the senshu rule came in to play yet again with the Dutch girl taking the first point. Chloe pulled the point back but was unable to capitalise and take the lead .
Chloe has all the tools to complete at this level, it’s fine margins between winning and losing and dreams are shattered in a heart beat!

Male Junior -68kg
Brandon Wilkins
1st round 1-3 Serbia
Brandon had his work cut out as he was up against the current European silver medalists in this category. Brandon put in a good performance but didn’t quite match the Serbian losing 3-1. Brandon was close but needs more development at this level.

Female Junior-59kg
Charlotte Hope
1st round 8-0 Montenegro
Charlotte got off to a flying start smashing the girl from Montenegro winning 8-0  with 30 seconds left on the clock with 5 gyaks and a head kick what a great way to start.

2nd round 6-0 Estonia
Again a perfect performance from Charlotte taking out the Estonian  6-0 again, scoring a head kick and and 3 gyaks her timing and distance was awesome.

3rd round 7-0 Switzerland
Charlotte was on fire and again too much for the Swiss girl, on a roll now looking unstoppable! Everything she did worked and turned into a point. Not only was her attack’s and reaction perfect but also her defence as nobody got close to scoring on her.

Semi final 5-0 Turkey
This is was for a place in a European final but didn’t change anything in Charlotte’s performance.  Charlotte was as fantastic in this fight as she had been all day! Charlotte was far to good for her Turkish opponent to handle, scoring a head kick and 2 gyaks. The Turkish athlete was getting frustrated and finally got disqualified for contact warning !

Final 9-4 France
This turned out to be Charlotte’s hardest fight with the France girl taking the first 2 points, but with yet another fantastic head kick Charlotte took the lead 3-2.  The French athlete pulled a point back and was still leading with senshu. Charlotte with her great composure pulls out another head kick to take the lead the French athlete then nicks a point back.The atmosphere was intense. Charlotte scored yet another awesome head kick finishing the final winning 9-4 as European champion ! England’s first junior European gold medalist for years . Outstanding!
Charlotte’s performance throughout the day was brilliant showing she has everythin , what a star, after her world bronze in Tenerife she goes all the way this time taking the gold !
She has been the fighter of the tournament, Charlotte did her country proud!
Her scores say it all  35 points scored 4 points against !!

Charlotte was mentioned in the WKF write up of the day www.wkf.net

“The most outstanding demonstration of offensive Karate occurred in the final of Junior Female Kumite -59kg. France’s Assia Oukhattou took a clear lead in the bout after connecting four yukos. However, her rival Charlotte Hope of England showed exceptional kicking skills. The English promising karateka made three consecutive ura-mawashi geri and achieved three impressive ippons that allowed the World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships bronze medallist to win the final and the continental title by 9-4”.

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Junior Male -55kg
Yasin Ahmad

1st round Armenia 1-1
Yasin scored first with a sharp Kazami and gaining senshu advantage, however, the Portuguese  opponent was persistent and finally scored on Yasin holding to senshu up until the last 4 seconds. Yasin took a jogai and lost the senshu advantage with the clock running out Yasin lost on flags.

Junior Male – 61kg
Jed Thompson

1st round Italy 3-0
Jed came out  onto the tatami confident and after getting his distance right after the first quarter of the figh,t Jed started to score with some sharp hand techniques easing him into the second round with a 3-0

2nd round Russia 3-1

Jed scored first and gained senshu advantage. Jed seemed to lose his concentration for two scores, a head punch and a body mawashi ending the bout  with a  3-1 loss. Although Jed went out in the 2nd round he showed he’s up there but needs to hold concentration during the fight.

Junior female +59kg
Lauren Salisbury

1st round Bulgaria 1-0
Lauren took some time to get going but managed to score a gayk in the ldying seconds to take the win over Bulgaria.

2nd round Germany

Lauren came out  much faster this time, against the leggy German fighter with Lauren scoring first and gaining senshu. With only 2 seconds to go Lauren broke the line and Germany threw a mawashi geri which hit Lauren’s arm but was called a score by the officials.  This was upsetting for Lauren and she went out 3-1.

Junior Female kumite -53kg
Rachel Traverse

Germany 4-0
This was Rachel’s second time on the England squad and she came out firing as usual but the German matched her and was just getting to the punch first.  Rachel ended up on the end of a 4-0 loss with lots to be learned.

Junior male kumite +76kg
Brandon Carr

1st round Scotland 5-1
Brandon started off fast and scored first gaining the senshu advantage but then gets caught out with a gyak,  Brandon quickly gets a point back then scores a body kick, Brandon was then on a roll n eased into the second round with a  5-1 win.

2nd round  Belgium 4-4 decision on 3-2 flags

The Belgium came out with confidence and scored first but Brandon quickly pulled it back pressing all the time and forcing the fight. Brandon engaged and was on the end of some questionable decisions but, kept pressing the fight.  In the last 13 seconds the Belgian was warned for evading the fight so was put on hansuku  chui and lost his senshu. Brandon again pressed the fight and with 5 seconds left scored a Jodan kick. It went to the flags and Brandon lost 3 -2 .  With the referee going in Brandon’s favour solidified that he was on the end of one of the worst referees decisions of the tournament, chin up Brandon you’ll get there

Male Cadet  -57kg
Stephen Loyd
1st round GEO 6-2
Stephen came out looking sharp but lost the first 2 points. Stephen managed to get 1 point back but then the Georgian quickly scored again forcing Stephen to fight harder for another point but time was not on Stephens side  losing 6-2. The Georgian lost to Slovenia so no repechage for Stephen

Female Cadet  -47kg
Tayla O’Brien
1st round Andora 3-0
This was Taylas second time representing England having just competed at the Junior worlds in Tenerife.  Tayla came out confident scoring quickly with  3 great body gyaks. Try as she might the Andorran fighter couldn’t get the points back and Tayla went through to round 2.

2nd round Austria 3-0 loss
Tayla came onto the tatami at the same pace as before but, this time was picked off losing  3-0.   Tayla went out in the second round but has shown great improvement from the worlds in Tenerife.

Male Cadet -63kg
Pajhan Jaffari
1st round 0-0 POL
Pajhan had Poland in his first round, in which both athletes failed to score a point within the 2 min. Pajhan really gave his all but his fitness left him losing on flags 0-5.  There was no repechage for Pajhan as Poland did not progress.

Male Cadet +70kg
James Francis
1st round 1-1 CZE
This was James second time representing England at European level. A positive start from James scoring the first point and taking senshu, the Czech managed to get the point back but, James held on to take the win !

2nd round 0-2 ESP
James struggled to score a point and was just not clean enough with his technique, the Spanish fighter scored 2 single techniques to take the win. A good effort from James but needs to rise his level to compete on the European stage.

Female Cadet +54kg
Carys Jones
1st round 1-1 MNE
Unfortunately Carys lost the first point, which gave away senshu to the athlete from Montenegro. Carys worked hard to try and pull a point back but, yet again the senshu rule played a big part costing her the match!  Carys struggled with her distance and her movement was too big and easy to read by the other Athlete.

Male Cadet -52kg
Ethan Day
1st round 2-0 ARM
A great start from Ethan with a solid performance scoring 2 single points to snatch the win from Armenia.  Armenia came back in repechage to take the bronze medal!

2nd round 8-0 MNE
Another good performance with Ethan controlling the fight. Ethan was leading the match 1-0 when his opponent from Montenegro was disqualified for too many category 2 warnings this gave Ethan an early win.

3rd round 0-0 BUL (5-0 flags)
This was a much tighter fight with the Bulgarian, neither athletes able to score a point and break the deadlock. Ethan was the dominant fighter and took the win via the referees decision 5-0 on flags.

Semi finals 3-1 SRB
Again, another tight match with a strong Serbian fighter.  For a moment a place in the final seemed to out of reach for Ethan as he was 0-1 down with only 8 seconds left but, with only 4 seconds remaining on the clock Ethan pulled out a fantastic head kick taking the victory and a place in a European final! Fantastic fight!

European  Final 0-2RUS

Unfortunately the final didn’t go to plan (The Russian had obviously not read the script!). With a home advantage, the Russian took the victory by scoring 2 points! However, an outstanding performance from Ethan showing he has what it takes to medal at the highest level! This was only the 2nd time Ethan had represented England and to win a silver medal at the European championships is a great achievement.   Ethan can go home with his head held high and be proud of a fantastic result!!



Team Kata

The male team kata consisted of Daniel Eccles, James Raynor and Dylan Traves. In their opening round England faced Greece.  England performed Goju Shisho Sho against Greece’s Chatanyara Kushanku.  The decision went to Greece 3-2 with England just missing out.  Greece then faced Spain and lost so no repechage for England this time.

The female team kata consisted of Sadie Stoner, Lydia Bevan and Lauren Fretwell.  England had Belarus first round (an old adversary in team kata for England) England chose Chatanyara against Belarus Nipaipo with Belarus taking a 5-0 win.  Belarus lost the next round to France so England was unable to progress.

 Individual Kata events

Out first kata athlete was Sadie Stoner in female cadets. This was Sadies 3rd outing in the cadet category having placed 5th twice before so a potential medal  was hoped for. Sadie had a bye in the first round, and in the  second round she faced Denmark. Sadie performed Pappuren against Denmarks Anan won 3-2.  The third round Sadie performed Suparinpai  against Portugal’s Chatanyara Kushanku but lost out 5-0. Portugal  lost the next round so no repechage for Sadie.

Newcomer to the squad was James Harrison at his first Junior Europeans. James faced Armenia in his first  round and chose to perform Chatanyara Kushanku against Armenias Empi, a crisp performance by James gave him the win of 5-0 . In the second round James faced Ireland this time choosing to perform Annan dai, whilst Ireland performed Kanku sho, another win for James 3-2. In the third round James now faced Slovakia.  Slovakia performed a a strong Anan dai awhilst James went for a high kata  Suparinpei. James won the round 4-1 putting him through to the semi finals. In the semi final James now faced the world champion Enes Ozdemir  from Turkey. James performed a strong Anan against Turkeys unsu but the win of 5-0 went Turkey’s way. After a short wait, James came up against Portugal for the bronze medal. James performed a very strong pappuren against Portugals Annan, but missed out on the bronze medal and placed 5th. For James first European championships, this was a fantastic result and and a lot more is to come from this kata athlete.

Luke Easton was competing in the U21 category and came up against Croatia. Luke performed a strong kankusho whilst Croatia did Goju Shiho Sho but unfortunately lost 5-0. Croatia didn’t progress so no repechage for Luke.

Holly Stoner was competing in the U21 female event and in the first round drew Austrias Kristin Weininger, who is a world bronze medalist. Holly performed a good chatsnyara Kushanku against Austrias Paiku but Holly unfortunately lost 5-0.  There was no repechage for Holly as the Austrian lost in the 3rd round.

Adam Peters was in the junior male category and this was his first time at Europeans in the individual event. The first round Adam faced Bosnia. Adams Suparinpei proved to strong for Bosnias Goju Shiho Dai with Adam taking the win 5-0. The second round Adam came up against Croatia and took the win 3-2 with chatanyara Kushanku against Croatias Goju Shiho Dai. Now in to the quarter finals Adam had Austria.  Adam was now on fire and won 5-0 with Anan dai against Austrias Annan. Now into the semi final and against a previous European finalist from Switzerland Adam performed Paiku against Suparinpei.  Unfortuantely it was not to be, Adam lost by 1 flag with the score being 3-2 in favour of the Swiss, so close. Straight into the bronze medal match Adam now faced Russia who performed unsu. Adam chose kururunfa however the decision went 4-1 to Russia. A well earned 5th place in Europe for Adam.

Lauren Fretwell was again competing in the 16-17 event, having won a bronze medal in 2017 she’d already demonstrated her ability to compete with the best at this level.   In Laurens first round Lauren faced Scotland. Lauren chose to perform Anan dai against Scotlands Goju Shiho Dai with Lauren winning 3-2. The next round she faced a strong opponent from Montenegro, Lauren performed chatanyara Kushanku against Kanku Sho with Lauren again taking the win but this time 4-1. The quarter finals Lauren performed suparinpei against Turkey’s Pappuren but unfortunately lost to Turkey 5-0. After a short wait Turkey made the final meaning Lauren was back in repechage. After watching the competitors Lauren chose kosukun sho to perform against the Czech Republics Anan and won a clean 5-0 putting her into the bronze medal match! Lauren now faced the cadet world silver medalist from Austria. Lauren chose to perform pappuren  whilst Austria performed Chatanyara Kushanku.  Lauren took the match 5-0 winning bronze making her a European bronze medalist for the second year in a row. Well done Lauren.

National U21 Kata Coach Aimee Sell


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1st February 2018

Registration was completed today by the Head Of Delegation Mike O’Brien and coach’s attended the briefing.  All training now complete, draws done and tomorrow 6am GMT the action begins with individual male and female cadet, junior & U21 Kata followed by all the individual cadet, junior, U21 male and female.kumite athletes.  Remember Russia is 3 hours ahead!

The schedule and draws are available via Sport data.  For instant updates there is a RSS feed https://live.sportdata.org:8443/wkf/sportdata_live_blog/index.php

Good luck to everyone bring home the medals!

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29/30January 2018


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After a very long flight from Heathrow with a stop over in Moscow, the squad arrived in Sochi in the early hours.  The squad are staying in what was part of the Winter Olympic Village in Sochi. The referees from England are also staying here having arrived a day early so they can take  their exams for their official European Qualification.

The Kata Squad did some light training today whilst the kumite had some time out.

Tomorrow the head of delegation Mike O’Brien registers the athletes and the squad will start to prepare themselves for the 3 days of competition.

There will be updates here, the EKF Facebook page and Twitter page.  There will be an RSS feed via sport data for results.  Don’t forget that the squad are 3 hours ahead so updates should be available from around 6am.

Good luck everyone.

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