We would like to congratulate our chief instructor Pete Watson Sensei for being appointed CIKA England Kumite Coach yesterday.
“Under Jason Netherton Sensei and alongside kata coach Rob Bingham Sensei we have big plans for the CIKA England Squad and 2018 will see their initiation. We have lots of potential and being involved in helping our students realise that is truly an honour”
On a personal note, Pete Watson Sensei was also awarded his Sandan (3rd Dan), his CIKA World Instructors Certificate and our Liverpool Karate Academy Certificate of affiliation to CIKA International. All by CIKA Head Instructor Junior Lefevre Sensei.
“Junior Lefevre Sensei is a living legend of karate. He was a hero of mine before I met him and after meeting him even more so. His ability and understanding is second to none and his humbleness alongside that is exactly in line with the type of karate-ka I endeavour to be. To receive my grading from him and also be able to call him my sensei is a privilege. OSS sensei!”
On Sunday 17th September we hosted a seminar with Rob Bingham Sensei, CIKA England Kata Coach.
We managed to get Rob Bingham Sensei down for a full day to learn as much as possible from him so we could add that into our current training.
We did 4 separate sessions:
The first session was about 2 main things, explosive transitions and hip actions as Sensei shared a few excellent drills with us that we will certainly build on over the coming months. The day then developed from there as the key points from the mornings session where honed while drilling specific kata.
Everyone had a great day and even the more Kumite minded karate-ka amongst those at the seminar left with a fresh enthusiasm for kata. Rob Bingham Sensei’s love and passion for it is clear to see in his coaching and for anyone that gets the opportunity to train with him we would certainly suggest you jump at the chance.
On Sunday we attended the Wado UK Open. Again this was a well-timed event for us with our preparations for the CIKA Worlds next month.
Our kata athletes are really on a roll at the moment with both excellent performances and some great results to show for them. The stand out performer of the day for us from a kata perspective would be Heidi, one of our junior lower grades, who performed 2 new kata and made it through a number of rounds. Unfortunately just finishing outside of the medals but we hope she takes great confidence from progressing as far as she did.
Everyone gave great performances in Kumite again and results came this time too which is important before heading off to the Worlds. The one big lesson of the day was judge management with there only being 2 seated judges. Poppy and Lewis (2 of our more experienced athletes) both fell prey to scoring great points but at a position in the ring where the judges just couldn’t see those points… and at the end of the day if the judges can’t see what you’re doing then you won’t receive any points for it. While some may have been discouraged by this and got different coloured medals than perhaps they could of, this is a valuable lesson and one best learnt at events such as this.
As a squad we came away with 6medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze) from 7 athletes. Many congratulations to all!
Coach Pete also wanted to add how proud he was of the way the whole team conducted themselves and supported each other when their teammates where in the ring.
“We have a great bond as a team, one that always makes me proud”
Pete Watson, Coach.