WKU Winter Invitational Competition 28.11.10

3 GOLD'S AND 1 SILVER

Wku Winter Invitational Competition 28.11.10On the extremely cold morning of Sunday the 28th November , three brave Khalsa Champions squad members and their two coaches, travelled to Weston Super Mare. With the chance of snow looming and freezing temperatures ( in and outside of the sports hall!!) they travelled the two and a half hour journey to attend this well organized and friendly competition.

Upon arrival it was clear to see that is was going to be a busy day with many of the categories heavily subscribed. With having only three squad members in attendance at this competition, they were determined to do well but found it hard to get warmed up properly due to the heating not working in the hall!

Despite this it did not dampen their spirit and drive and Bleu Parris went up in his first category of the day to compete in the 12-15yr Mixed Individual Kata 3rd-1st Kyu. Bleu having only recently turned 12 was among the smallest in the group but that did not put him off. In the first round Bleu received a bye and in his second gained all three flags for a perfectly executed Bassai Dai. From here he progressed to the semi final where his excellent Godeshio earned him his place in the final with a 2-1 win. Bleu performed a neat Anan as his finale and this was received with a 3-0 response from the referees. Well done Bleu, our first Gold of the day. Your hard work this year has produced some excellent results in Kata, we are all very proud.

It was then quickly on to the Kumite categories and Bleu Parris, Cuba Parris and England A squad member Sophie Santillo were all fighting in their respective categories. Eager to remain on a winning streak both Cuba and Bleu Parris were called up to their different areas at the same time. Cuba was competing in the Boys 10-12 yr minus 45kg category and Bleu in the Boys 10-12 years plus 45kg category. Fortunately we had two coaches on hand today with Sensei Sat and Paul aka Bernard Abel ready to coach on both mats. Sensei Sat coached Cuba and Paul coached Bleu. Cuba, as usual, made short work of his opponents and swept through three rounds with scores of 3-0,7-0,5-3. He took his place in the final with a fantastic performance and lovely sweep right on the buzzer. Final score 2-0 to Cuba. Another Gold to add to that collection-congratulations.

Bleu was on the far mat at the same time as Cubas' fights were taking place and in his first round received a bye. This ensured him of going straight through to the semi final where his sheer class of fighting was no match for his opponent ending in a clear 4-0 win. Bleu stepped up in the final to win our third Gold of the day with a score of 3-0. Another huge well done Bleu-double Gold!

Our last, but certainly no means least, competitor of the day was Sophie Santillo, who was competing in the Girls 13-15yr 4th Kyu and above plus 50kg category.Sophie, who was clearly unwell and full of cold, still went on the mat ready to try her level best despite feeling rather poorly. Sophie made a good start in her first round with a 5-3 win to her. From here she went straight into the semis' where she won again with 5-1 in her favour. Sophie had done very well to reach the final where unfortunately she narrowly missed the Gold with a 3-2 loss for Silver. Well done Sophie you battled on and earned that Silver, great effort.

Yet again despite very few squad members competing we managed to gain 3 Golds and 1 Silver and everyone felt it was a very productive day and an enjoyable one at that. We certainly should feel very proud that Khalsa Champions have a lot of quality in their squad and their consistent results have proved this. A big thank you to WKU for our invitation to their well run event and also to Sensei Sat and Coach Paul aka Bernard for their continued encouragement and support of the squad members-well done all, we are all exceptionally proud.

Sensei Sat commented "This weekends result again prove why Khalsa Karate have some of the best karate-ka. Consistent results at both national and international level have proved the quality of the squad. Three competitors this weekend come away with 3 Golds and 1 Silver, one grade short of the maximum tally. The small squad have produced a fantastic performance this weekend and I would firstly like to thank Cuba, Bleu and Sophie for managing to perform as well as they did in the unbearable cold conditions. Secondly to Coach Paul Abel for getting the Junior A and B squad ready over the last few months, and doing a great job this weekend. Also to Nigel and Louise for bearing the long, cold and tiring conditions to help the squad continue the success of the past year!!! WELL DONE TO EVERYONE FOR THIS WEEKEND!!! GREAT TEAM EFFORT!!

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