Last weekend we traveled to Madrid for the CIKA World Championships. It was extremely memorable, below is an overview of events
Lewis Hunt – CIKA World Kumite Champion & Kata Bronze Medallist
Kata was up first as normal and after a long wait and numerous delays Lewis took to the ring and performed a wonderful Empi in his first round. After receiving all the flags Lewis progressed to the 2nd round and then the 3rd round. Unfortunately in the 3rd round Lewis didn’t get the decision but then after battling through the reportage he managed to bag the Bronze medal an make the podium, performing Unsu in the Reportage Final. Well done Lewis.
Ok… now then… WOW!
Yes, Lewis is now World Champion! What a fantastic achievement!
Lewis really looked great on the day. Cool, confident and in control. His Kumite was on point and the bout of the day was most certainly his semi-final. With Lewis down by 3 points he hear the call from coach Pete to go off the line and boy did he! He buried a punch deep into his opponent and completely got inside his head… from that point on the bout was his and point after point just came and Lewis took his place in the final later that day.
Again looking cool and collected in the final there was no signs of panicking as the clock ticked down and it was still 0-0. And then BOOM, a perfectly timed hook kick and “Ippon!” Lewis then held his lead and won the final 3-0 to become CIKA World Champion 2017.
Massive congratulations Lewis.
Archie Brown – CIKA World Championships 5th Place in Kumite
Archie narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the reportage final after a few fantastic performances. You could tell Archie was feeling confident and ready to go because he took himself off and started slowly warming up hours before his event. By the time he got in the ring he was pumped and ready to give his all. Narrowly missing out to the Spanish National Champion, Archie pushed him to the wire and gave a great account of himself and did us very proud. After their bout the Spanish Champion and his coach came over and asked where he was from and started talking and saying it was the toughest fight of the day for his athlete and complemented Archie massively. Well done Archie, you brought you’re A’game and gave the performances of your life!
George Malone – CIKA World Championships 7th Place in Kumite
After what was a disappointing decision in kata (Georges normal strength) he took to the ring with a level of confidence not before seen. Something just clicked for George and he was without a doubt the best he has ever been in the ring. Everyone, including George was really proud and happy with George’s performances… I don’t think we’ve ever seen a smile so big from him to be honest! Well done George.
Poppy Stanton, Heidi Stanton & Gee Hallacy
Poppy, Heidi and Gee all gave valiant performances and gave fantastic accounts of themselves and did us and CIKA England proud. Unfortunately they didn’t place in their events but they should all take great solitude in their performances even though results didn’t come this time. Poppy’s fighting spirit, Heidi’s overall performance in the first round (she destroyed her opponent in the first round!) and Gee’s determination shows us that while that was not their day for results they will come, of this we are very confident. Well done girls you should all be proud of yourselves.
Once again many congratulations to all and we just want to reiterate how proud we are of each of our athletes representing their country and themselves. Everyone left that day with massive smiles and in great spirits, that in itself is worth all the efforts. To step out of the competition arena knowing you gave your all, and brought your best brings a level of satisfaction that is different from a win. Win or lose if you can walk out of the arena with this pride in yourself you know you have had a great day!
While we went away for the CIKA World Championships the opportunity to spend time together as a team and with our fellow CIKA England athlete’s is always a recipe for good times. From celebrating and eating out together to time at the park in the sun playing football/catch/chin up challenges together… the weekend of these championships is one that won’t be forgotten.
We also want to say thank you to all the parents for both putting in the time for the students to get to training during preparations and then actually making the trip to Madrid, we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as the competitors.