Great success for Harlow Shotokan Karate Club at top champs

Sport / Sun 10th Dec 2023 at 09:33am

ANOTHER good year for Harlow Shotokan Karate Club has been topped off with their most successful day competing at the recent SKE (Shotokan Karate England) championships, held in Harlow Leisurezone. Hundreds of competitors from all clubs within SKE took part in individual kata (set forms), individual kumite (sparring) and team events in both categories.

The team had a good mix of experienced competitors, right through to those competing in their first championships, and were bolstered by the return of 2 very experienced club members, Karmann Damiral and Emily Thorpe, who passed on their knowledge in the build up to the big day. The results spoke for themselves with 13 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals!

The icing on the cake was seeing Janie Ingold awarded the Female Spirit of the Day trophy, for winning all 3 of her events, for the second year running!

Harlow won 3 team events, with the successful teams being Male Team Kumite 1st (Andy Ingold, Adrian Turcan, Darren Trutt) Adult Senior Team Kata 1st (Karmann Damiral, Emily Thorpe, Sara Lopes) Under 18 Senior Team Kata 1st (Janie Ingold, Kieron Dyer, Emily Clements) They also came 2nd in the Open Team Kata (Darren Trutt, Callum Robertson, Oskaras Krencius) and both 2nd (Mark Szabo, Maria Denkowicz, Sherri Jolles) and 3rd (Yusef Mosea, Adam Mosea, Kacper Cader) in the Junior Team Kata event.

Individual winners saw Andy Ingold retain his Veteran Male Kumite title from last year, and Janie Ingold retain both her under 18 Senior Kata and under 18 Female Kumite titles, beating teammate Emily Clements in the Kumite final. Emily Thorpe also beat teammate Sara Lopes in the final of the Female Senior Kumite.

Junior grade students also rose to the occasion, with Paul Thomas winning the Adult Junior Kumite event, and siblings, Hannah and Sam Fulton winning their respective Kumite events. A big turn up for the books saw Oliver Dunn also being triumphant in his event, and especially pleasing, was to see Lucius Pilgrim-Edward win his Junior Kata event, with teammates Maria Denkowicz 2nd, and Sherri Jolles 3rd, a clean sweep for Harlow. The gold medal winners were completed by Yusef Mosea winning in his Kata event, whilst also finishing 2nd and 3rd in his remaining categories. 

Kieron Dyer, stepping up to the senior grade events for the first time, also became a triple medallist by coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd, a very good set of results. Indeed, the whole team were exceptional, with a whole host of 2nd and 3rd placings on the day, with teammates, coaches and spectators all bringing the best out of each other.

Club Instructor Erik Thorpe said “Competition is not our main priority, but it’s always pleasing to see our students rise to the occasion when asked. We are building something special at our club, and visiting instructors often comment on the camaraderie, spirit and standard of our students. This is something we are very proud of, and actively encourage. New members are always made to feel very welcome when joining, and soon learn the many benefits of training in a martial art “

The club train on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and welcome students from the age of 6 years old. For more information, visit the Shotokan Karate England website or contact [email protected]

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2 Comments for Great success for Harlow Shotokan Karate Club at top champs:

Dan Long
2023-12-10 13:43:57

Well done to team all.

Rod Butler
2023-12-11 21:23:48

Very proud of the Harlow Karate Club under the guidance of Mr Erik Thorpe. The club continually produces great results at competitions, gradings and courses. Well done to everyone.

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