Competitions consist of sparring and kata at individual and team
There are a number of competitions to enter during a year.
After grading in December 2011, we concentrated in training our
members for the Competition which was to be held on 21st January.
Somerset and Bristol Area Clubs Competition
21st January 2012
JKAE Clubs from Somerset and Bristol, came together to compete
at the inaugural inter-club competition, which was held on Saturday
21 January at Norton Hill School Sports Centre, Midsomer Norton.
The event was organised and hosted by Norton Radstock JKA and was
attended by clubs from Norton Radstock, Mendip, Glastonbury, Weston
Super Mare, Taunton and Bristol. Over forty entered the ten categories
for both children and adults in kata and kumite (sanbon kumite,
ippon kumite and ju ippon kumite), which was limited to kyu grades
For many of the competitors this was their first taste of competition,
but everyone soon settled down and responded with plenty of spirit
and a high standard of karate, which was fully appreciated by the
clubs instructors and the audience. Medals and certificates
were presented to all those that came first, second and third.
The competition ran very smoothly, thanks to the efforts of the
clubs instructors and a small team of volunteers, who helped
set up the competition and spectators areas, acted as referees,
judges and recorders and generally managed the whole days
A huge vote of thanks goes out to all the clubs that participated
to make it such a successful day; the competitors, judges, helpers
and spectators. Everyone agreed that it was a very successful day
and look forward to next years event. It is hoped that the
experience gained from this event would enable more students to
attend the national championships later this year.
Rob Tidbury, Norton Radstock JKA