On Saturday 4th March, we hosted our inaugural Shotokan Connect practice competition in Woking. The event was aimed at giving those that were new to, inexperienced, or just wanting to get in a bit of extra practice, the opportunity – in a friendly, non-pressurised environment. Karateka from various clubs, ranging from beginners to advanced levels, participated in the competition.
All karateka had an opportunity to compete in both kumite and kata. Everyone did themselves proud, showcasing an exceptionally high standard, as well as great sportsmanship and discipline throughout the day.
Our coaches couldn’t have been prouder: “Everyone who turned up gave it their all,” said Sensei Robin Dale. “Their hard work both in the build-up and on the day of the competition paid off, and I’m extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
Sensei Jamie Sims, also added: “It was incredible to see everyone actively responding to coaching tips in real time. And to echo what Sensei Robin said, you should all be incredibly proud of yourselves.”
Although it was a friendly, we couldn’t end the day without giving away a selection of medals for ‘overall best performer’ in both kata and kumite categories. Congratulations to:
Our practice competition was a great success. It was a reminder that karate is not just about winning or losing but about the journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. Testing your karate is a critical step in helping to truly evaluate your skills. Shotokan Connect are already planning for the next practice competition and hope to make it even bigger and better than this one.
Look forward to seeing you there!
All photos from the event: