Meopham Open Championships 2013

Sunday the 10th of March saw 8 members from Khalsa Champions travel to Meopham Kent to compete in the Meopham Championships!! As always this is a great competition for beginners and intermediates to begin there career in karate competition, but as years has gone on, I have seen this comp get bigger and bigger and this year was no exception!! IT WAS HEAVING!!

First up was Jujhar who had a bye 1st Round, Quarter finals won 2-0, Semi Finals lost 0-4. Taking first medal of the day and a solid bronze!! Well done Jujhar!!! First fight back in 2 years!!

Followed by Layla who had a bye 1st Round, Quarter final won 8-0, Semi Final lost 1-3, taking second bronze medal of the day. Well done Layla!! First fight back in over a year and a half.

Florence was next and this was her first ever comp and she made the final!! First round Bye, Quarters 4-3, Semis 4-4 (3-0) flags, Final 5-8!! Simply amazing for a first comp and our third medal of the day. Well done Florence!!

Ciara Gray was next and again this was her first ever comp. First round bye, Quarters she fought a very talented experienced fighter and was losing 5-7 to pull it back 8-7 in last second, Semis 0-8 against a very good fighter that met our A squad member in the final!! Great to see both my girls in this category medalling. Bronze for Ciara and fourth medal of the day!! Amazing Well done Ciara!!!

A Squad members next and first up with Fran Hardcastle in her category. First round bye, Quarters 8-1, Semis 3-1, Final 8-2 and fifth medal of the day GOLD!! Well done Fran!!

Next up was Alex James who was carrying her form from the English!!! First round bye, Second round 8-0, Quarters 8-0, Semis 8-2, Final 8-5 GOLD and sixth medal of the day!!! Alex was entered in the higher category on the day and lost first round 6-7 to bigger older girl! Well done Alex!!

Next up was PJ who had bye first round, Second round 8-0, Quarters 8-0, Semis 4-3 and Final 3-1 for GOLD and seventh medal of the day!!! Well done PJ!!!!

Followed by Sophie who showed great respect to a beginner taking the win 8-0, to reach the final and win 6-5 GOLD our eighth medal of the day!! Well done Soph!!!

Last up was Fran Hardcastle in the open who had a bye first round, Semis 8-0 and Final 6-0 for her second GOLD of the day and the 9th Medal for the team!!

Sensei Sat commented "Today 8 competitors of the squad went together and produced amazing results!! We have added and changed many technical areas for each individual and this is starting to show!! The hard work the team are working on, is definitely paying off!! The Junior B squad fought amazing and truth be told I never expected them too medal the way they did, as this was there first time, however they were not only ready they were all medallists!! The A Squad just cease to amaze me with there consistent results and today was no exception!!! Truly amazing in there attitude and goals!!! Well done everyone!!! Thanks to coaches Sophie, Debbie and Ant for timekeeping and Fran for supporting the juniors and assisting me!!!

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