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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

EKF Assistant Coach Jason Ledgister

Male Cadet -63kg Pajhan Jaffari

Pajhan lost in the 1st round 5-2. He started slowly and judged his distance poorly. Each attempt to attack he would move too close before initiating his attack therefore being countered just before landing his own strike. This was discussed with the athlete and will be addressed in the future sessions.

Female Cadet -54kg Niamh Cosgrove

Niamh lost her 1st round bout to Serbia who went on to the final; therefore bringing Niamh back in for the repechage. The opponent had a distinct height advantage in Niamh so our plan was to attack on angles. Though Niamh’s movement was initially very good she got caught with a side kick which her opponent attempted twice before actually scoring. This should not have scored as it was attempted previously and so should have been expected. Once 2-0 behind Niamh had to “press” the fight and therefore fell victim to being picked off when trying to attack. She lost 3-0. She lost her first repechage bout to Scotland. She was a similar opponent in style but on a mutual exchange lost the first point. She continued to attempt scoring but received a powerful strike which she blocked. Unfortunately Niamh lost the bout 2-0.

Male Cadet -70kg Christie Horrillo

Christie lost his 1st round bout 3-0. Again as with several England athletes the judging of distance was poor and he was picked off when moving in prior to initiating his attack. He had several mutual exchanges where he received 1 flag for his strikes but the opponent (MKD) received more convincing strikes from the judges.

Female U21 -61kg Danielle Kirby

Danielle lost her 1st round bout 1-0. Unfortunately the opponent simply caught Danielle with the 1st point and Danielle struggled to find a way to secure an equalizing point. Danielle needs more intermediary competition in order to perform at this level.

Male Junior -75kg Mitchell Thorpe

Mitchell won his first bout against Switzerland 3-0. He showed me early in the bout that he listens to instruction well which proved to be a winning combination. Mitchell tested his opponent constantly keeping him unsettled and then scoring the first point. The opponent then tried to press for the equalizer but Mitchell dictated well and made himself a difficult target. He went on to score a chudan kick ending the bout at 3-0.

Round 2 Mitchell won against China 4-3. A close bout but Mitchell was able to stay one step ahead of his opponent using the previous method of unsettling the opponent before attack.

Round 3 saw Mitchell win 5-4 to Ecuador, a very close bout with Mitchell now working in tandem with my coaching style and trusting it wholeheartedly. I had managed to observe the opponent previous to our bout and therefore was able to coach Mitchell victory.

Mitchell won the 4th round 6-5 against MAR. This was a very good opponent but again I observed him in the previous bout and gave Mitchell a good understanding of how we were to beat the athlete. His opponent was a very strong kicker therefore we had to force him to kick at the wrong times and lose confidence in his legs. Mitch’s continued pressure did just that resulting in a flustered opponent. We then were able to score a kick of our own which was planned before the bout which saw Mitchell grow in confidence and see out the bout.

The semi-final was another very strong kicker who we planned well for. Our plan was to “pinch” senshu and then nullify his kicking by attacking and closing down the kicking distance. Mitch carried this out evidently to the rest of the team and won the bout 2-0. An excellent victory and a world class performance.

The final was dependent on getting a skilled and composed athlete to over commit and attack at the wrong time. Throughout the early phase both rallied for the first point which was a game of “cat and mouse”. Though we lost the senshu we were able to get the opponent to over commit as planned on two occasions. It was clearly evident to Mitch but he failed to exploit the mistake due to such a small time frame. This will be something Mitch and I can develop in the future. Mitch was forced to “chase” the point and unfortunately got caught with a kick ending the bout with a loss to Italy at 4-0.

Congratulations to Mitchell on his Silver Junior World Medal.




EKF Coach Paul Newbys Report

Rachel Traverse v Kosovo 1st round

Rachel came out firing as always and ran into a Jodan kick and went 3.0 down also losing to the senshu rule. Rachel fought hard and try to pull it back bu,t unfortunately not being able to catch the Kosovan. This is Rachel’s debut for England and will take away a lot of valuable experience.

Jed Thompson v Chinese Taipei 1st round.

Jed came out positive scoring first and gaining SENSHU. CT forced the fight and for his efforts got a point back but Jed kept him off for the rest of the fight winning on SENSHU.

Jed Thompson v Columbia 2nd round

Jed scored first gaining SENSHU but made a small mistake and was caught with a jodan kick, Jed tried his best but couldn’t get the points back in time and went out 2nd round.

Brandon Carr v Kazakhstan

Brandon comes lacking a little bit of belief and is scored on losing SENSHU he’s shortly 3 behind but then starts to believe and pulls back a point with not much time left Brandon has to attack and gets picked off one last time .and unfortunately Brandon goes out.

Charlotte Hope v Slovenia 1st Round

Charlotte gets off to a great start catching the Slovenian with a great head kick and gaining SENSHU and then ran the clock down to move on to the 2nd round.

Charlotte Hope v Denmark 2nd round

Charlotte’s hands were working nice and also the Jodan kick was there again which was just too much for the danish fighter leaving Charlotte to cruise to the third round 6-1

Charlotte Hope v Belarus 3rd round

Charlotte loses senshu but her kicking was on fire scoring twice with Jodan kicks beating the Belorussian 6-1 moving into the quarterfinals.

Charlotte v Croatia quarterfinal

Charlotte loses SENSHU but fights hard and once again her Jodan kick scores but this time it’s a closer fight ending 4-3 Charlotte moves into the semifinals against Hungry.

Charlotte v Bulgaria semifinal

Charlotte is all over the girl kicks punches and also again a great Jodan kick which earns her one flag so we called for Video review which was a disappointing No. The fighters exchanged attacks and the Bulgarian delivered a takedown. Charlotte was now 3-0 down and couldn’t get it back .

All repechage and bronze medals were the next day so Charlotte had to wait til 3pm the next day to fight to become world bronze medalist.

Charlotte Hope v Hungary Bronze medal match

charlotte hope podium


In front of all the stadium on center mat Charlotte comes out busy but, gets caught and loses senshu in a close exchange. Working for the last time of the competition Charlotte lands a Jodan kick, after video review the kick is given and Charlotte runs the clock out winning 3-1 to become Junior female -59kg world bronze medalist. OSS

What a brilliant performance from such a young girl she’s got such a bright future and we are sure she will bring England many more medals

charlotte kick charlotte medal

Stephen lloyd v Malaysia 1st round

Stephen came out looking for points and clashed early both gaining a point and still SENSHU is up for grabs. Malaysia scores again and gets Senshu Stephen also scores another point but then Malaysia pulled away on points and Stephen is out, but he learned a lot on his first time on the big stage.

Tayla O’Brien v Philippines 1st Round

Tayla comes out in her England debut and gets off to a good start with a 1.0 win showing good hands and defense work.

Tayla O’Brien v Russia 2nd round

Tayla has a good clash with the Russian but, loses Senshu fighting all the way to the bell but goes out in the second round . Good job Tayla on her first championships.

Joe Hird v Italy 1st round

It was Joe’s  debut for England at a major competition and he out came well but both fighters received a cat 2 warning. Joe then scored first gaining Senshu and quickly another but he started picking up more cat 2 warnings and eventually was disqualified. Even though a disappointing result Joe shows promise .

Jordan Clarkson v China

China had already had a nice warm match against Venezuela. Jordan came out good but China was already in high gear and scored Senshu, Jordan scored a good Jodan zuki but to little too late and unfortunately her tournament ended.

Cuba Paris v Australia 1st round

Cuba came out fast and confident scoring rapid punches and kicks winning the bout in quick time 8.0 moving into the second round.

Cuba Paris v Russia 2nd round

Cuba again was too athletic for the Russian using his speed to score three singles to move into the third round.

Cuba Paris v Japan 3rd round

Cuba’s fitness started to let him down and the Japanese fighter was thanking his lucky stars because Cuba was too much for him Japan scored and kept his distance Cuba didn’t have enough energy to use his gifts.

The Japanese fighter went through to final so Cuba is in repchage

Repechage Cuba Paris v Morocco

Cuba lands a Jodan Geri early in the bout both fighters are tired and Cuba moves holds onto the points and the win taking out another dangerous opponent.

Repecharge quarterfinal Cuba Paris v Belarus

Cuba is now at the end of his energy levels and is still hard for his opposition to deal with. Belarus scores a single point and holds onto his point to take the match.

Cuba 7th in the world and I believe if fit, capable of winning this division at the highest level.

Brandon Jewell v Turkey 1st round

Brandon had a slow start and against this lad he doesn’t need help catching Brandon cold . Brandon scores a late point too little too late. Brandon out.

Turkey gets to the final Brandon is back in the repechage

Brandon Jewell v Kazakhstan repechage

Kazakhstan comes out aggressive and confident but Brandon picks him off with quick hands and moves through round one of repechage with a new surge of confidence.

Brandon Jewell v Serbia repechage semis

Again using his speed, reach and being constantly motivated by his coach, Brandon is beginning to believe he can do this and wins the fight comfortably going through to the repechage final for the bronze medal.

Brandon Jewell v Croatia Bronze medal match

Brandon is now on a high and quickly goes 4.0 up against the Croatian. Brandon is now feeling the grind of fighting back to back in a repechage losing concentration he gets caught by a jodan kick, a good telling off from the coach and a reset in focus Brandon scores anther point. As Brandon has senshu the Croatian needs a head kick but Brandon digs deep and holds onto the win and becomes heavyweight world bronze medalist. I don’t we’ve had a heavyweight under 21 medalist at this level from England in over fifteen years. Congratulations Brandon.

EKF Coach Davin Pack Report

Chloe Lydon

1st round 2-0 HUN

First fight up , Chloe got off to a flying start beating the girl from Hungary 2-0 . Her speed and movement was excellent, she was very focused.

2nd round 1-1 IND

Continuing from the last round, Chloe was looking just as good taking the first point and senshu . Unfortunately she collected three cat 2 with 50 seconds remaining. Ind pulled a point back but Chloe she was wining with senshu In the last 4 seconds they came into a clinch and Chloe Spun out ,the referee and judges made the decision that she was holding and disqualify Chloe, A very unfair decision but a great performance she should be proud.

Jamie Gridley

1st round 0-2 LAT

Jamie lost her he first round to Latvia 2-0 , he hesitated and didn’t get going, needs to gain more experience at higher level to boost his confidence.

Lauren Salisbury

1st round 3-1 SVK

A good start to the day for Lauren with the win over Slovakia, controlling the match and getting the first one out of the way ,

2nd round 4-5 GER

A close fight with with Lauren taking the lead 4-1 with senshu against the German, the German pulled back a Jordan kick towards the end of the bout and nicked a point right in the seconds Lauren show promise but this was her first competition as a junior as has to gain experience in the older category The German went on to make the final!!

Repechage 0-8 DEN (day 3)

Lauren had her work cut out against the tall danish fighter once she went down on points she didn’t keep her composure was taking down after trying a Jordan kick finally losing 8-0 Lauren has great talent and shows promise for the future, she needs to develop her fighting for the more experience of the older category.

Brandon Wilkins

1st round 2-0 Boliva

Great opening fight showing Brandon can hold his own at this level , his composure was great holding on to to his two yuko’s to take the victory

2nd round 0-0 Denmark (0-5 flags)

Brandon had the distance of the Danish but unfortunately didn’t capitalised and score any points He left his world championships in the hands of the referees they seemed the guy from Denmark to have thrown more techniques and award him the match . He show he has what it takes to hold his owe at this level but needs to develop.

Ethan Day

1st round 1-0 El Salvador

Ethan got off to a great start at his first world championships taking the first point and senshu against El Salvador. He shows he can handle the competing at this level. Holding on to a 1-0 lead to take the win ,

2nd round 6-0 Switzerland

Ethan takes this round much easier. Scoring 3 single points , while being totally in control of the match he then finishes by scoring a Jordan kick taking his total to 6, he makes a very good show of himself !

3rd round 1-4 Italy

This round was going to be much hard for Ethan against the Italian, once the Italian got the first point and senshu, Ethan had to then Chase and close him down , he then was picked off . A good performance for his first major tournament he shows lots of potential !

Carys Jones

1st round 0-4 Turkey

Making her debut at a major tournament Carys had the girl from Turkey in the first round, after being caught with a Jordan kick, Carys gave it her all to pull the points back, nearly scoring her own Jordan kick. She has had a taste of what is needed at this level and now knows what she needs to work on.

Chloe Salisbury

2nd round Germany 0-8

Chloe had a bye and the winner of Austria and Germany. Chloe was the youngest competitor in the U21 as it was her 18th birthday on her event day!

The step up to this category showed as the German had a comfortable victory winning the match by 8 points, Chloe has a lot to develop to compete at this level.

Bleu Parris

1st round 2-4 Mexico

A close fight but after the Mexican got the first point and senshu. Bleu had to work hard closing him down. Bleu had the better of the Mexican but unfortunately his fitness played a key part and let him down. Conditioning and fitness is so important at this level!

Terry Brigdale

1st round 0-4 Germany

Terry shows a lot of heart and is physical , throwing everything at the German . The German picked him off to win. Terry needs to work on his technique so he can score points at world level!

Rebecca Boakes

2nd round 0-0 (1-4) flags Egypt

Rebecca had a first round bye, the Egyptian girl used her legs and Rebecca found it hard to close her distance neither of them was able to score a point, The Egyptian won on flags by the referees! Rebecca needs to be able to score points at world level.

Update from Chief Referee Dale Gamble

The English Karate Federation have 6 World Officials in attendance at the junior world championships. Tony Dent, Gary Hoyle Peter Bibby, Nariman Jeddi, Billy Brennan and Chief referee Dale Gamble

At these championships Dale Gamble, Billy Brennan and Nariman Jeddi were given their long service pins for attending world championships.

Dale and Nariman Jeddi 15 years service

Billy Brennan 20 years service

Well done to the English Karate referee department

Thursday 26/10/17

What a day for the fighters! We have 2 athletes Lauren Salisbury and Charlotte Hope now going for World bronze medals. They will be fighting off on Friday in their respective categories. There were some excellent fights by the young lions and they have gained some invaluable experience they can use to take into their next championships.

Tomorrow its the turn of the kata teams and all the finals including bronze medals for the junior fighters. Don’t forget you can watch live www.karateworld.tv.

Coach’s reports to follow

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Wednesday 25/10/17

Today was the start of the individual kata events. For half the kata athletes this was their first time competing for England. There were some outstanding performances from the this young squad, who have a good future ahead of them. One particular performance was from young Sadie Stoner in the 14-15yrs female kata, this is only her 2nd time representing her country and she again made a medal final, losing by the narrowest of margins 3-2 on flags to Belgium, placing 5th in the world. A coach report on all the individual performances is to follow. Well done everyone. Tomorrow is the individual kumite athletes turn, starting at 10am.



Tuesday 24/1017

Been a busy day for the Staff of the EKF with our Chaperones sewing badges on the back of the athletes Gi’s, our coaches gaining their WKF qualification and attending the briefing plus our HOD attending the WKF congress.

Both kata and kumite squads have done some training at the hotel in readiness for tomorrow. The competition kicks off with kata and starts at 10am. For instant updates there is a RSS feed covering all the categories. https://live.sportdata.org:8443/wkf/sportdata_live_blog/index.php

Don’t forget the weekend bouts are being streamed live free at www.karateworld.tv

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Congratulations to Peter Bibby kumite Judge A, Gary Hoyle kumite Referee B, Dale Gamble Kata Judge A. 100% pass rate in taking their WKF qualification.


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Sunday 23/10/17

The squad and delegation departed Manchester on Sunday evening to compete in the World Championships being held in Tenerife. After arriving in Tenerife the squad and delegation then had an impromptu photo call with the crew and captain of the flight. The captain commented on how pleased he was to be able to fly the squad to Tenerife so they could compete at the championships. The crew also commented on how polite and friendly all the young athletes had been.

EKF Squad 2017 TenerifeEKF Junior Squad 2017


The coach’s have a busy day ahead of them taking their WKF accreditation exams. Our referees have also had a busy weekend taking their practical and theory exams which conclude today. More updates to follow…….

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