Dan Gradings 2014
Liam Fraser 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Mike Anderson Full 1st Dan Adult
Abbie Yates 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Zach Scott Full 3rd Dan Adult
Gabriel Bullock 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Danny Prior Full 1st Dan Adult
Matt Yates 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Joe Hegarty 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Thomas Palmer 1st Dan Junior Cadet
Matty Ayres Full 1st Dan Adult
Central England International Open
A small squad of 4 entered the Central England International Open, well done to Rachel Traverse who claimed a bronze in her Kumite Category. It was Thomas Palmer’s 2nd inter club tournament and he did very well in both Kata and Kumite. NWKA instructors Zach Scott and Alex Hodge fought hard in their Kumite events, but they went out to tough opposition who were mostly former world and European medalists.
East Yorkshire Open
3 members went to the East Yorkshire open in Hull and came way with 1 gold and 1 bronze.
Rachel traverse went on to win gold in the kumite after an impressive performance throughout every single round.
Melissa Dargue competed in her kyu grades kumite category. She narrowly lost her first fight however there were plenty of points that she definitely should have scored. She got a bronze for her well deserved efforts.
Zach Scott competed in his senior kumite event. After winning his first fight, he went on to just miss out on his second.
UK Open Championships
Zach Scott competed in the open weight and -84kg category. He just missed out in the first round of -84kg but however picked up a bronze. In the open weight, he flew through his first fight beating his opponent 8-0. The final was close however losing on decision meaning a silver.
British International Open
3 students competed in this major home tournament, achieving 1 gold, 2 bronze. Taylor greenough started off the day by winning a bronze in kata by losing to the winner by split decision (3-2 flags) a fantastic result. She fought hard in both her Kumite events but the fights didn’t quite go her way.
Rachel traverse went out 2nd round in her kata and was also put out by the champion of both her kumite categories (rachel was one of the youngest in her group however the champ would have been too old the week after).
Zach Scott competed in three kumite categories: U21 + 78kg, senior -84kg and open weight.
In his U21, he won gold after a round robin with a Scottish international fighter (British champion) and an Irish international fighter. In -84kg, he was narrowly put out by the winner of the category, but then won his side of repechage to scoop bronze. In open weight, he won his first fight but then lost by decision in his second fight, just missing out on a bronze medal.
Central England Karate Championships
Taylor Greenough, Sam Anderton, Melissa Dargue and Coach Zach Scott entered the Central England Karate Championships. Zach, Taylor and Sam all performed well but sadly no results. However, Melissa as her second time competing, won gold in the 5th Kyu and below Ladies Kumite.
Well done to Rachel Traverse who won double gold in the girls 13-15 her own weight category and the girls 13-15 open weight category
NWKA Annual Club Kata Tournament
A great day of participation for the Junior members of the clubs (results below) well done to all who competed, many thanks to all the Referees and Table officials that made the day run very smooth indeed. We also had demonstrations from Senior members/Instructors of the clubs and we raised £155 for Alder Hey and £155 for Children Cancer and Leukaemia Group who have been close to the hearts of members.
British Four Nations Championships
Two members competed in Scotland for the British Championships and came away with three medals between them. Zach Scott won Bronze in the U21 Kumite +78kg and Rachel Traverse placed bronze in both U14 Kumite +40Kg and U14 Kumite open weight.
BKA Open Championships
The Championships was held in Leigh Sports Village and was the 50th Anniversary for the British Karate Association. Rachel Traverse won Gold in the 10-12yrs Kumite with a composed performance throughout, she also won a Bronze in the 10-12yrs kata. Silver was won by Matthew Ayres in the 13-15yrs Kata with confident performances and Silver for Luke Scott in Male Senior Kata, with his first medal since his return back in the Kata scene. Samantha Anderton who has also not long since been back competing won Silver in the Female Senior Kumite and Bronze in the Female Senior Kata. Well done to the new junior competitors who attended the competition, it has only fuelled your enthusiasm and to those who didn’t medal this time, your continued hard work will pay off!
Dutch Open Karate1 Premier League
Good luck to Zach Scott competing in the Dutch Premier League event with 729 registered athletes from 55 countries and over 80 of which in Zach’s category, it promises to be a tough event over Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands.
Sakagami Challenge (Leicester)
A small squad consisting of Samantha Anderton, Rachel Traverse, Taylor Greenough, Jack Oxley and Zach Scott went down to leicester to compete in the Sakagami Challenge. In the kumite, Rachel traverse aced her category getting a gold. Next up was Taylor Greenough giving a good performance and getting a bronze. We also had Samantha Anderton who got a silver. Jack Oxley just missed out on a medal this time but gave it a good shot even with his bad ankle. And to wrap up the day was Zach who earned himself a bronze medal in the heavyweight seniors. Sadly there were no Kata medals today as we were told prior the tournament that we could perform shito-ryu katas in this tournament. However, we were told otherwise on the day.
English Karate Federation National Kyu Grade Championships
Sunday 26th January 2014
Ponds Forge Sports Centre, Sheffield
Silver for Samuel Kletz in his first Kata Competition. Sam entered the Physical Disability Kata Category. He has been hard at work building his fitness and muscular strength alongside his Kata training. This is a great example of what anyone can achieve with hard work and Karate can be a great outlet for that. “I have witnessed that Sam has improved tremendously over the last 2 years. He has worked hard improving his strength and confidence. I am very pleased with his growing work ethic. Keep it up Sam this is a work in progress”.
Niall Ashcroft and Sean Johnson competed in the 9 years and under Kata. This was Niall’s first Kata competition and he showed brave performance. Sean Johnson made it through the first round with 3 flags and just missed out with a 2 to 1 decision in the second round. “Well done lads keep training hard you have both achieved great gains”.
This was also the first attempt for Melissa Dargue in the Senior Kumite. She gave a strong attitude and only lost by decision at the end and we could all see the flags could have gone either way. “Mel trains 3 to 4 times a week, it can only mean success is imminent, Well done Mel”.
Wasquehal International Open in France
Good luck to Zach Scott who is competing in the Wasquehal Open in France representing the official England Team. The competition is one of the toughest in Europe outside of the Karate 1 Premier League. Zach who has just turned 20 is up against some of the World’s top Heavyweights. Sensei “Zach trains 6 days a week 50 weeks a year the Ingredients needed to go all the way.