16th July 2017
Great results from our students at UKA
UKA took a team of emerging and talented youngsters to the Shinka invitational in Snaresbrook.
The morning saw the intermediate grades in action with some good performances in both kata and kumite.
Zoey T notably won her section in blue belt girls kata along with Oliver in the green belt boys.
The kumite saw more action with Daniel M dominating his section winning one fight in 6 seconds displaying some excellent head kicks. Another Gold went to Josh S in the green belt boys section with an impressive performance beating an opponent in the final that was significantly taller than him. Reyhan also stormed to the green belt girls final to take home the gold in a competitive section. Finally Lauren won the girls 9-10 green belt kumite section with some good timing on her techniques.
The afternoon saw the advanced students in action with some competitive kata to start with.
Teddie Mulhall picked up the gold in the under 12 open kata with some strong performances.
Teddie went onto lose in the final of the under 12 kumite to Club mate Anton who displayed some fast hand techniques to win an exciting final that went to sudden death encho-Sen. Teddie also showed maturity in defeat when losing to Tommy chart in the final of the 13-14 kumite.
Teddie’s brother Thomas won the 15-16 year old kumite and was part of the mixed team that lost in the final to EKK with club mate Alice Briner. Thomas also lost to James Eade, who’s a senior and 5 years older than him but notably managed to score an ippon in a 6-2 defeat which bodes well for the future.
Archie Spall fought his way to an impressive gold in the boys kumite fending off older and bigger opponents.
Alice Briner received a gold in her individual event after tearing through the opposition with some nice techniques.
Alice was unlucky in the team final after fighting excellently. She lost to an opponent two years her senior that on another day could have gone her way with some different refereeing decisions.
The boy’s team also lost in the final narrowly to home team Shinka after fighting well featuring Shay, Teddie, Lemar and Anton. Lemar Mcdowell were on form scoring some impressive head kicks along with Shay scoring some solid reverse punches that would not look out-of-place in a cadet fight.
Good performance from UKA and great support as always from parents and the coaching staff.