Referees News 2012
Myself, Brian Noble, Nigel Blood, Paul Gunn.
Travelled out on the Friday, all went well with the flights, until we we travelling along the motorway to the venue, when we hit traffic..[just like the M25 back home]. 2hrs later we arrived.
The Referees briefing was that night and there were a few surprises with rule changes for the competition and proposed changes for next year, for kata and kumite.
Next day...start time 8am...over 700 competitors...only 16 years plus for kata involved and 18yrs and above only for kumite...with no team events for kumite.
Finals were at 8.30 at night, Brian judged on the women's team kata final and I got picked to do the Men's team Kata, and an individual kumite match.
It was interesting to see the red and blue cards for the coaches being used in the finals...with the camera replay system...finished 11pm. Back on the Sunday 8.30 start and and shorter day..finishing at 1pm.
Nigel and Paul acquitted themselves well , gained experience at a higher level, and had good reports. Although a long day on saturday, it was enjoyable, well organised, had good competitors and there were quality officials from all different countries....a very good warm up event for the forth coming world championships for Myself and Brian.