At the weekend at Bracknell Leisure Centre in the very prestigious Legend Open Karate Championships, the local Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International had another excellent day. This event had 200 children and nearly as many adults competing and the Leisure Centre was packed to the rafters with competitors and spectators alike, so much so that they had to bring in emergency seating. The competitor of the whole day just had to be SSKI’s Adam Cockfield (31) who took both men’s individual black-belt titles in kata (forms) and kumite (free-fighting) in real style. These two events hosted fifty black-belt men from all over the country and also from Belgium and Scotland. The men’s kumite final was an all SSKI affair with Daniel White (34) also making the final and just losing out to club colleague Cockfield in a very exciting final.
Oliver Nash took the boy’s senior cadet kumite title against all the odds. This category is for 16-20 year olds and black and brown-belts only and considering that Oliver is just 16 and has not long had his brown-belt this was a fantastic achievement indeed in another packed event.
The ladies team kata took the final gold medal with a superb display of coordinated karate and was a joy to watch.
Gold medals: Adam Cockfield (2), Oliver Nash and the ladies team kata of:
Stacey Barton, Vicky Adams and Cristy Nash.
Silver medal: Daniel White.
Bronze medals: Karen Bull, Lauren Brooks and the ladies kumite team of:
Karen Bull, Vicky Adams and Lauren Brooks.
The Chief Instructor and local instructor, Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan was extremely pleased with this phenomenal success and these clubs have been bringing home, World, European and British titles since 1977. What an amazing achievement from this Dacorum group. Anyone interested in joining this excellent outfit, adult, child or family please log-on to our website: www.sski.org for all the club details or follow us on Facebook.
Last edited by Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan on March 9, 2014