On 10 April Ichiban hosted it’s first inter-club kata competition since just before lockdown in 2020. With approximately 55 competitors from 5 local clubs took part in the grassroots competition. The spirit of the day was to encourage karateka that had not done many or any competitions to give it a go in a small and friendly environment.
Whilst the timing of the event meant that many people were away over the Easter school holidays they attendance was still good. With our youngest competitors just 5 years old and categories for beginner adults there was something for everyone.
The morning started at 9 am with the Advanced Kata category made up of adult black belts and a number of high-grade cadets who fancied a go at the black belts. The category is usually the show piece for the day, giving the beginners a good show and demonstration of what they’re aiming for in the future.
Following the advanced kata category was the youngest and most inexperienced competitors of the day, 6 and under. Who performed excellently and wowed everyone with their karate as well as their enthusiasm.
The day continued smoothly with some excellent performances and great shows of camaraderie and sportsmanship.
All proceeds from the competition have gone towards the fundraising effort for the World Championships in July 2022. Thank you to all those that attended and supported by buying raffle tickets and cakes throughout the day.
Thank you to the referees from Zetsurin Karate, Soaring Eagle, Chisana Senshi and Leeds University karate for helping make the day run smoothly and finish ahead of schedule.