Shotokan Shield Open Karate Championships 2015

Venue 360, Luton – 20th June 2015

Mens Shield Winners

Ladies Shield Winners

Boys Shield Winners

Girls Shield Winners

Junior Shield Winners

Category 14 – Childrens Junior Kata

Category 13 – Childrens Senior Kata

Category 6 – Ladies Individual Kata

Category 5 – Mens Senior Kata

Category 15 – Childrens Team Kata

Category 7 – Adult Team Kata

Category 12 – Childrens Sanbon Kumite

Category 10 – Boys Individual Kumite (Smaller)

Category 11 – Girls Individual Kumite

Category 19 – Boys Individual Kumite (Taller)

Category 3 – Ladies Individual Kumite

Category 12 – Mens Individual Kumite

Category 16 – Childrens Team Kumite

Category 8b – Ladies Team Kumite

Category 16 – Mens Team Kumite

Sat 20th June saw the inaugural Shotokan Shield Open Karate Championships hosted by Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International at Venue 360 in Luton. Historically, Shotokan competitors have always competed in both Kata and Kumite, with many Legends of the art such as Kagawa Sensei, Yahara Sensei, O’Neill Sensei, Brennan Sensei and Junior Lefevre Sensei excelling at both disciplines in the same event. Therefore this competition was designed to celebrate this and find Shotokan’s best All–Rounder! Competitors from six different organisations competed across the four major events: individual kata, individual kumite, team kata and team kumite in order to win the Shield having amassed most points over the day. It was designed with the competitor in mind with various tweaks such as electronic scoring on the desks and event warm up areas (rather than sitting at the edge of the mat getting stiff so spectators can see!), which all added to the event. The format of the event saw the winner of each category get 20 points, 2nd get 15, 3rd get 12, 4th get 10 and 5th to 8th get 5 points.

Each category was keenly contested with a high standard in all of the finals and most categories went down to the last Team Kumite Event to decide the winner. Congratulations to this year’s Shield winners: Mike Grimwood from SEKU (Mens), SSKI pair of Vicky Adams and Cristy Nash who shared the shield after finishing on exactly equal points and placings, SKCE’s Joshua Han in the Boys category, Hameen Khan of SEKU in the Girls and finally a very smiley Crystal Close of SSKI in the novice category. Thank you to SEKU, SKCE, ASK Kiryoku, TKMA and JKS Harrow for sending teams, all of the competitors who competed hard with both quality and the right attitude and finally a massive thank you to all of the Referees, Judges and desk officials who kept the event running smoothly and on time. Both organisers, referees, coaches and competitors left looking forward to next year, which will be even bigger and better