Mel takes the British title!

Fantastic performance at this year’s Shotokan Cup.

At only 16 years of age Meleri Pryse had a large task ahead of her after moving up a category this year to compete in the Ladies Under 21s Kata event. Surprising her opposition she stormed through the preliminary rounds with the top scores.  Entering the finals as one of the favourites Meleri performed a brilliant rendition of  Gankaku, taking the British title at her first attempt!

Steven Bailey had perhaps an even tougher challenge.  Moving up to the 18+ Men’s event having just turned 18 the day before meant Steve was the youngest in his category.  To make matters harder this event also consisted of the current World Champ, the European Champ and two other international medallists.  With a superb performance of Gojushiho Dai in the semi finals Steve missed out of the medals by the smallest margin possible (just 0.1 point!).  Being that close really shows that Steve has got what it takes to take on the very best.  Watch this space!

The others in brief…
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July 2012 Club Grading

photos to come

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KUGB Welsh 2012

Great result.  Ella coming 3rd in the girl’s kumite. Steve helped Mel and Anya get through to the Team finals but had to withdraw after injury.  Anya did an excellent job as a reserve. Mark fought well but was unfortunate to be drawn against Callum O’Neil (winner of Best Competitor trophy) for the second year running, this time taking an early lead only to lose in extra time.  Well done

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March 2012 Grading

Left to right: Holly Thomas, Kerry Lyn Thomas, Lowri Scott, Natasha Archer, Lorna Meikle, Sophie Bradley, Toni James, Jenna Welfare, Christopher Roberts, Millie Hore, Alex Cheung, Mark Reading, Sophie Eve Evans, Sensei Bob Poynton, Katharina Hoene, Graham Hunt, Callum Bain, Dan Baker, Colin Ferguson, Matthew Foster, Ffion Ducket, Paul James, Steven Bailey, Meleri Pryse, Ceri Scott, Rosie Reading, three from Tregaron Karate Club and Nathan Gale

Ikkyo Awards Night

Student of the Year – champion of champions - Steven Bailey

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Grading with Sensei Poynton : Dec 2011

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