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First USKFI Youth Kata Championships

The USKFI held its first ever Youth Kata Championships in the Poppintree Leisure Centre recently. This free-to-enter competition had several purposes: give under 16 competitors more experience of competition, aid coaches in the selection of juniors for UK competitions and to give the USKFI referees and judges more experience of officiating. The competition was preceded by a 45-minute warm-up class for all competitors, taken by Senseis Michael Sherlock and David Royle. This class was to bring all the competitors together in a structured manner before the competition, as many were competing for the first time, and also acted as a warm-up session for the competition.

After a short break, the competition began. There was an exciting atmopshere in the hall with parents able to spectate from tiered seating upstairs. The standard of kata was generally excellent, with every competitor putting in their very best effort. The girls' brown and black belt kata finals, in particular, were of a particularly high standard which makes for some difficult decisions for Senseis Sherlock and Royle!

The USKFI officials were delighted with the success of the day and would like to thanks all those who volunteered their time to make the day so enjoyable for parents and competitors.

Full results and photos will be up shortly!

posted @ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 6:31 PM by jenmadden

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