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2014 Hamilton Open - Sunday 30th March 2014
The Hamilton Open was the start of Karatedo Shitokai’s first tournament of the year, and, as usual, Sensei Robbie Smith and his organising team ran a superb event, with over 250 competitors attending. It made for a huge day, but all events ran like clockwork, a tribute to the organising skills of all concerned. With 250+ competitors, it would have to have been easily New Zealand’s biggest tournament of recent years. One of the reasons for the large turn out being that 2014 is Oceania, and there would have been lots of competitors looking to see how they are shaping up for Fiji later in September.
Our two dojos in Whangarei, Honbu and Kamo, took seventeen competitors between us, (eleven from Kamo and six from Honbu) with friendly rivalry between the dojos over medals won (easily won by Kamo dojo!).
However, all our competitors performed to their best, which is what competition is all about. A special mention must go to Yvette Hendrickse and Olivia Crum from Honbu Dojo, who came first and second respectively in the 12/13 years female Premier Kata. Both girls have been training very hard since mid January, having given away part of their summer school break to train, and they were both rewarded for their efforts and looking very promising for later in the year. Both girls will have time with Hasegawa Sensei when he is in Whangarei the week before the New Zealand Open, and I am sure Sensei will take them to another level. Early days yet for both of them, but time will tell for later in the year. They both certainly put in the "hard yards” and subscribe to the saying, "train with dedication, compete with expectation”
Isaac JonesGold 16/17 years male development Kata, Bronze 16/17 years+70kg premier Kumite, Bronze 16/17 years open Kumite.
Dean WeberSilver Veterans Kata, Silver Veterans Kumite
Laura JonesSilver 14/15 years Female development Kata
Matt BurnsBronze Senior Men Premier Kata.
Jacob WoodsBronze 12/13 years Male Premier Kumite
Also from Kamo dojo, Morgan Wood, Sophie Weber, Cameron Evans, and Connor Lynch all competed with distinction in their events, and from Honbu dojo, the young 10 year olds, Sam Lints, Bruno Marotta, Lucas Sibbald and Koston Rogers, all competing in their first tournament certainly enjoyed themselves, although Sam Lints received two nasty uncontrolled Jodan Maewashigeris to the side of the head (interestingly enough he was leading on points when the kicks occurred, but went on to win by Hansoku).
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