Greater Open London Championships Feb 2008

Seni 08

Club members and their families enjoyed a day at Seni 08 at the Excel Centre on Sunday 27 April. In addition to the fascinating array of displays, events and demonstrations in every martial arts discipline you could imagine, our squad competed in the London Karate Classic.

Kata

Our youngest squad members were first on the mat with Sean Mnamee in the novice to 7th kyu category showing great determination in a confident performance, which was unfortunately not reflected in his score of 20.7. Rene Myburgh in the Junior 6th to 4th kyu was also harshly marked with her score of 20.3 not at all a fair reward for a strong kushanku. However both gained valuable competition experience which they can build on for the future.

Jack and Rachel Newey were in the same category – Junior Kata Dan grade – and again we were disappointed with some of the judging on their mat, which was inconsistent and difficult to understand. Jack's chatanyara earned him an expected 7.2 from two judges while the third gave a surprising 6.9 effectively knocking him out of the bronze medal position. Rachel performed an excellent annan to gain the silver medal. She then picked up a bronze in the female cadet category and a team silver with two of her training colleagues Emma Lucraft and Nicole Taylor from Ishinryu.

Kumite

Our fighters put in some convincing performances, winning a gold, silver and three bronze medals, although again some of the referees' decisions were not in our favour today. Sophie Santillo and Patrick McNamee did extremely well to get to the semi finals in their categories (under 15yrs open weight) where they both had to settle for a bronze. Harry Cannon found himself in a large field of ages from 15 to 19, open weight. After an easy opening round (4-0), he then faced a close scoring match that finished 3-3, but in extra time he produced a magnificent sweep to take him to the semi finals. He won this convincingly 8-1 to meet Alex Sell in a tense final. This proved to be one of the best fights of the day, including a stoppage for Alex to stem a nosebleed (accidently inflicted of course!) with honours going to Alex 5-2 and a silver for Harry this time.

It was then down to our three seniors to do their bit. Jackie Freight put up a brave show but did not get past the first round, losing 0-3. Paul Abel had a brilliant start with an 8-0 win followed by a 4-3 victory. However in the semi finals he had some unlucky decisions with points not given to him and with no score at the end of the round he lost 0-1 in extra time to take bronze.

Hero of the day was Del Fairminer who was in the novice to 4th kyu Senior. With only four in the category there was no time to settle into his fighting stride. However with calm determination he won his first fight 5-1 and the final 4-2 to take our only gold of the day.

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