Sen No Sen Meopham Open Competition March 2012

9 Competitors – 7 Medals

Sunday the 11th March saw 9 Khalsa Champion Squad Members travel to Kent to compete in the Sen No Sen Meopham Open.

This competition is designed to help and promote new competitors to sport karate, especially beginners; however as years have gone the success of the organisers has seen the competition grow and today proved it with over 250 competitors and a packed hall!!! No one could move, shows testament to Steve Coleman and officials for making the day so successful!!!

Our first competitor was Noah Allen who had a very hard category, but took the first three rounds in his stride winning 7-3,6-1,5-2 to reach the final. The final was a tough test and although he was winning 5-3 lost a point and got warned for contact after the bell to loose yet another point to level the fight 5-5. Judges called hentei and all three judges went in favour of Noah claiming our first gold!! Well done Noah!!
Next up was Prabhjit and Junior. Junior up first round took a good 2-0 point’s win, followed by another good performance of 2-0 points win to reach the final!! Prabhjit who was in the lower pool had a bye first round and won his semis comfortably 8-0 to meet Junior in the final! Both boys started aggressively and Junior took the early lead. Prabhjit found his range and eventually took the win 8-1 to claim Gold and Junior Silver!!! Well done boys!!!

Next was Tom Dugdale who was in a very hard category and met the finalist in the first round. Tom, however hard he fought could not find the range although his techniques were good the distance wasn’t, nevertheless a good performance 2-9. Good effort Tom!!!

Little brother Josh and Jujhar were next up. First was Josh who won his first two rounds comfortably 3-0, and 7-0 to reach the semis. In the semi’s Josh fought well but got involved in a scrappy fight and lost to the overall winner 0-5, however securing a well deserved Bronze!!.

Jujhar who was in the same category fought bravely and took a nasty roundhouse to the face and eventually lost 0-2!! Both boys as little as they are showed great courage!!! Well done boys!!!

Next up was the girls and first up was Fran, whose first opponent didn’t arrive sending Fran to the Semi’s. Fran’s made light work of her second fight and took the win 8-0 to reach the Final. The final was a tough fight and both fighters looked aggressive however Fran always steps up to the mark when she’s losing and did exactly that, taking the win 6-4 and the third gold of the day!!!

Last category saw both Sophie and Fallon in the same pool and both girls delivered!!! Fallon first up took control of her opponent throwing some thundering gyak’s to win 8-0. Sophie next like Fallon stepped up the tempo scoring with her trademark techniques and took a great win 10-0. Both girls sending the right score line messages!! Fallon’s next round was very tough due to her opponent pushing forward; however Fallon got her gyak’s working found the range to take the win 6-3 sending her to the final. Sophie next had a very good England member and it was her opponent that set the pace. Once Sophie found her range she slowly picked off her opponent taking the win 8-4. Both girls now in the final and it was Fallon that started pushing and attacking very strongly and taking an early lead 4-0. Sophie returned the favour with a timed hook kick followed by several hand attacks. The last 3 points saw Sophie throw a treble roundhouse to catch Fallon on the attack and taking the win for Sophie 10-4. This was a great result for the girls and good to see them both going for the win and being very aggressive whilst representing the club!! Sophie Gold, Fallon Silver!!! Well done girls!!!!

Sensei Sat commented “This was another great performance for the club and all students stepped up on the day, to what proved to be a very busy and tough day!! I can honestly say none of the fighters today had any easy rounds, in what is normally a beginner’s comp. Every member done the club proud today, supporting, helping, stretching and coaching each other!! My thanks goes firstly to all the squad competitors, Debbie for organizing, Coaches Sophie and Chris, Fallon and Fran for pics, Liz, Rich and Debbie for keeping eyes on children and Frankie Dugdale for table marshalling! Without the love and teamwork we would not succeed the way we did today!!! Well done to Steve Coleman and team and another fantastic day!!!

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