USKFI National Championships Success
The USKFI held their National Championships in the IT Blanchardstown last Sunday. With nearly 200 competitors and over 20 different events to cater for orange belts and upwards, the atmosphere was exciting from the moment the spectators started taking their seats.
The day kicked off with the most popular event, the 10 years and under orange-purple belt kata, with nearly 100 competitors taking part. For many, this was their first competition and they really stepped up to the mark, with many showing real promise and fantastic attitude. The event was won by Lucan SKC’s Evan Wynne, a 5th kyu who shows great promise. Evan also won the Boys’6-9 Years Ippon Kumite event and was presented with the Best Overall Competitor award, unanimously decided upon by the Referee and Judges’ Technical Committee. Evan has been selected to compete in the KUGB’s National Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham next weekend and we wish his the very best of luck. The Girls’ 6-9 Years Sanbon Kumite was won by Hannah Stewart from Navan SKC, who showed excellent distance and attitude to take the gold. The Girls Ippon Kumite event was comfortably won by Palmerstown’s Selma Hoxha who sailed through the eliminations showing great spirit and technique.
The Boy’s and Girls’ 12-15 Years Kumite events were exciting affairs with Sinaly Drane from Corduff comfortably taking the gold in the Boys’ Over 5’3” with some very sharp jodan gyaku-tsukis. The 5’3” and Under Boys’ event was won by Jordan Canavan who showed great improvement in this competition with some great fights throughout the eliminations. In the Girls’ U5’3” and Under, Shaoonagh Smith from Kingscourt fought very well against Barbara O’Brien from Greystones. Despite some good fighting from Barbara, Shaoonagh won with two waza-aris. Leeanne Royle continued her run off successes this year with wins in both the Girls’ Over 5’3” Kumite and the Children’s Under 16 Brown and Black Belt Kata events. Leeanne has done extremely well this year and has really stepped up to the mark both nationally and internationally. Her consistent performances has totally justified her selection both for the KUGB National Championships to be held in Birmingham next weekend, as well as the WSKA World Championships to be held in Liverpool in September.
We wish the squad selected for the KUGB National Championships next weekend the very best of luck.
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