Sunday 29th October saw ESKA hold its annual championships at the Stevenage Hombu. As always, the event was a great success and all that attended enjoyed the high quality of karate on show. From the youngest junior to the oldest adult; everyone showed a high level of commitment and spirit. Judges were particularly impressed with the etiquette of the students participating.
The Cambridge club had another successful year coming 4th in the overall medals table as seen below:
Notable achievements for us were in the Black Belt kata final with our own Sensei Jo Potts and Sensei Andrew Quenet from Birchwood battling out for the first place. Sensei Andrew prevailed and Sensei Jo had to settle for second place. Sensei Masaya and Sensei Jo were again the finalists in the kumite (for the 3rd year in a row). This year it was Sensei Masaya’s turn to win again, matching his performance in 2015. Both of them were also in the Team Kumite final beating the Hitchin club to win for the first year it has taken place since 2013 due to not enough entrants previously, with Sensei Russell McAlinden and Rob putting in a great performance – narrowly coming in third place. Stuart also did amazingly in his kata category and came first, with Chester in the same category coming third. Overall a great performance. For full results, please see the ESKA website.
There have been a few videos recorded, which can be viewed below, along with some photos of the event as well, courtesy of Luke Santilli: