Updated: Dec 5, 2021
On Saturday 12th April 2008, a large number of hopeful karateka from the Bedford and Milton Keynes area turned up for another eventful CFTS Competition open day. The categories included Individual Kumite and Kata plus a Dan grade Individual Kata and Kumite, as well as a team Kumite fight, Bedford vs Milton Keynes area. The day was packed with excitement and anticipation from the awaiting karateka.
Sensei McClagish started the day off by thanking everyone for coming, wishing everyone good luck and to ‘think of not losing rather than of winning’.
The first events were individual Kata for different age groups and grades with the youngest competitors going first, then it moved up to the higher grades and older people. Each round was very tense with the best four people going through to the semi finals and then working the way up to the higher grades. Then came the semi final of all participants no matter what age or grade, as each participant had to demonstrate their kata individually in front of a whole circle of other karate ka, which is very daunting! Each participant being scored on their performance with the highest out of each category earning themselves a medal.
After the initial kata rounds came the individual Kumite. After a nervous wait the preparation began preparing mitts and gum shields waiting nervously for their turn. There was a lot of competitive fighting with high spirits and great expectations; even the crowd were getting involved cheering lots of encouragement and support for their fellow team mates. The Kumite was split into under-tens and fifteens mixed groups, and sixteen and above male and female groups.
Every karateka who entered the competition had the opportunity to fight several times with lots of spirit and, all-in-all, with good control and self discipline. After the first elimination rounds were out of the way, it then came down to the semi finals with each competitor trying their best to get through with some fierce competition. All karateka were rooting for each other no matter what club they came from - we all pulled together as one big association.
The Dan grades were also allowed to participate if they were below Sandan. The categories were female and male Kumite over-16’s, and a junior black belt category. The Dan grade events were performed to a very high standard including Kata scores and some very close Kumite fights. This gave spectators a lot of excitement and a lot of support - mainly thinking to themselves, ouch!
Once all of the semi finals and finals were out of the way, there was a very interesting team Kumite event with some of the Bedford area Dan grades vs the Milton Keynes/ Bletchley area. This was certainly worth the wait. After all five competitors from each team had been, it was a draw and left down to the final fight against Sensei Chris Toms from Bedford and Sensei Liam O'Reilly from Newport Pagnell. It was a close match but the Bletchley area team won.
After all that fun and excitement came the ceremony of the medals and trophies to the winners of the competition.
Sensei Andy Gillies was this year’s recipient of the Executive cup. Sensei Kidby explained to the audience that this cup was awarded by the executive to the karateka who had shown the most spirit, sportsmanship in participation over the course of the day. It has become tradition that the previous winner presents it to the new recipient. So on this occasion the cup was presented to Sensei Gillies by Sensei Toms who in return was awarded a smaller replica of the cup to keep.
As the long day drew to a close, Sensei Kidby thanked everyone who had helped make the day such a success.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE FOR NEXT YEAR'S COMPETITION!
By Sarah Heaslip, Clapham Club.
UNDER 10's LOW GRADE
Kata: 1: CAMERON SINCLAIR 2: LUKE BYRNE 3: NIAL BARKER, DAVID TOWNSEND, SCOTT FOLEY
Kumite: 1: LIAM SHINNER 2: JACK SANSOME 3: ETHAN TANTI, MASON MATTHEWS
UNDER 10S HIGH GRADE
Kata: 1: CAMERON LITTLE 2: GEORGE EPHGRAVE 3: CIARAN RINALDI, TAHA EL-GHAZILI
Kumite: 1: ADAM FISHER 2: GEORGE EPHGRAVE 3: CIARAN RINALDI, JACK TILLING
UNDER 15S LOW GRADE
Kata: 1: BETTY ALLISON 2: MARK HAWKINSWOOD 3: JONATHAN TEAGLES, PATRICK LISTER
Kumite: 1: KRISTIAN MILLWARD 2: MARK HAWKINSWOOD 3: BETTY ALLISON, KERRY WARD
UNDER 15S HIGH GRADE
Kata: 1: URQUHART CROSBIE 2: HANNAGH LITTLE 3: MARGANNE GRAVES, SUNNY KUMAR
Kumite: 1: VINCE CLARK 2: SUNNY KUMAR 3: LOUISE FILBIGG, URQUHART CROSBIE
Kata: 1: ALEX PEDDAR 2: KATE FOLBIGG 3: ALICE PERRY, ANGIE POWER
Kumite: 1: ALEX PEDDAR 2: REBECCA CARTER 3: TINDER POTTS, ALICE PERRY
Kata: 1: CHRIS WINTERS 2: ANDY BRANCH 3: GARY WATTERS, ANDY LIVESEY
Kumite: 1: CHRIS WINTERS 2: ANDY LIVESEY 3: ADAM SCHWALM, JONATHAN RANDALL-CASSELL
UNDER 16 DAN GRADES
Kata: 1: HAYLEY KIDBY 2: DANIEL YOUNG 3: RYAN SIGWARD
Kumite: 1: HAYLEY KIDBY 2: DANIEL YOUNG 3: RYAN SIGWARD
16+ MALE DAN GRADES
Kumite: 1: CHRIS TOMS 2: GLEN ROBERTS 3: LUKE WHITWORTH, ANDY GILLIES
MIXED DAN GRADES
Kata: 1: CHRIS TOMS 2: JAMES SAUNDERS 3: BARRY NELSON
1st: MILTON KEYNES: (LIAM O'REILLY, BARRY NELSON, MATTHEW CARTER, ANDY GILLIES, SEAN LITTLE)
2: BEDFORD (EDDIE McCLAGISH, CHRIS TOMS, GLEN ROBERTS, SAM FISHER, LUKE WHITWORTH)