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2013 Results and Report

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On Sunday December 8th 2013 Tower Shukokai Karate Club held its 6th annual club championships at  Edgworth School. The event has always been primarily the opportunity for younger members to gain experience in competition prior to embarking on full open tournaments. This year however the invitation to enter was extended to the Preston and Burnley branches of USKA, a sister club within the Amateur Martial Association (AMA) family.
As ever the priority was to encourage novices and the majority of the entrants were relatively inexperienced, and in many cases this was their first ever competition. In addition to the junior membership, many karate classes are enjoying increasing support from older members so a novice veterans category was included this time.
The visitors dominated the  kata (forms) events with  father and  son Rob and Lewis Dawson of Burnley taking first and second in the adult (16 years plus) coloured belt category.
The children’s kata category was by far the largest event and again the  visitors swept the board, with Preston taking one, two and three, and Cameron Downie of Burnley taking the fourth spot.
Tower’s International, Philip Wan took the black belt kata title with a crisp, assured performance.
In the  boys’ Kumite (sparring) 7 year old Angus McIver retained his tile, won last year, against older and taller opposition.
12 year old Luke Allwood, elder son of Tower head  coach Andy, took the 12 and under Kumite title whilst younger brother Daniel took  bronze in the 9 and under event.
Tower’s Sophia Pilkington and Abigail Kehoe battled in the girls’ Kumite final and it was  Sophia’s experience (she has taken medals at two open tournaments) that showed as she took the title.
Despite being almost novices with no competition experience Preston’s veteran ladies Julia Cross and Angela Pickup gave Tower’s black belt Katie Keppie a tough battle but were unable to defeat her.
After the competition proper, club seniors Ian Marsden and Phil Wan joined Preston’s coach John Carr- himself an England International veteran- in a round robin Black Belt Veterans challenge. John and Phil each defeated Ian making the deciding bout between John and Phil an exciting prospect. John opened the scoring and continued to lead for much of the match, but Phil clawed his way back against his England team mate to steal the match 6 points to 5.
The tournament was characterised by goodwill and good sportsmanship.
Referees were Martyn Skipper, Andy Allwood and USKA Burnley’s instructor Nick Keys. They were assisted by Richard Swann and Bill Comer as timekeepers and scorers.
Other members of Tower Shukokai assisted with the organisation.
Organiser Martyn Skipper praised all the competitors and hoped that the event could be repeated next year, extending again the invitation to USKA to return.

Results below


Category Name Club Result
Mixed Senior Kyu Grade Kata Rob Dawson Burnley 1
  Lewis Dawson Burnley 2
  Adrian Quinn Tower 3
  John Topping Preston 4
Mixed Junior Kata Hannah Miller Preston 1
  Raiha Panchal Preston 2
  Matthew Holden Preston 3
  Cameron Downie Burnley 4
Mixed Dan Grade Kata Philip Wan Tower 1
  Sam Comer Tower 2
  Ian Marsden Tower 3
  Katie Keppie Tower 4
Male Junior Kumite 9 and under Angus McIver Tower 1
  Harrison Hill Burnley 2
  Daniel Allwood Tower 3=
  Toby West Tower 3=
Male Junior Kumite 12 and under Luke Allwood Tower 1
  Cameron Downie Burnley 2
  Owen Whitlow  Burnley 3
Male Junior Kumite 16 and under Sam Comer Tower 1
  Lewis Dawson Burnley 2
Female Junior Kumite Sophia Pilkington Tower 1
  Abigail Kehoe Tower 2
  Chantelle Parkinson Preston 3=
  Amy McDougall Tower 3=
Female Veterans Kumite Katie Keppie Tower 1
  Julia Cross Preston 2
  Angela Pickup Preston 3
Male Veterans Kyu Grade Kumite  Phil Holden Preston 1
  Kevin Parkinson Preston 2
  John Topping Preston 3=
  Rob Dawson Burnley 3=
Male Veterans Dan Grade Kumite  Philip Wan Tower 1
  John Carr Preston 2
  Ian Marsden Tower 3


2013 Medal table Gold Silver Bronze
Tower Shukokai 7 2 7
USKA Preston 2 4 5
USKA Burnley 1 4 3

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