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2nd United World Karate Championships 2017

2ND UNITED WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

A tally of the medals won by karate Wales at the 2nd United World Karate Championships, held in Montecatini, Italy from November 30th to December 3rd 2017.
Well done to all, in representing Wales with pride!

BRANDON HARVEY
UWK WORLD CHAMPION 
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON MALE CADET 15 TO 17 YEARS 55 TO 65 KG 

MORGAN HARVEY
UWK WORLD CHAMPION 
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON MALE MINI CADETS 13 TO 14 YEARS 55 TO 65 KG

ELLIE THOMAS 
UWK WORLD CHAMPION
15-16 CONTACT KUMITE

JOSH DAVIES 
UWK SILVER MEDAL 
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON MALE CADETS OPEN 15 TO 17 YEARS OPEN WEIGHT 

SAM CANA 
UWK SILVER MEDAL
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON MALE JUNIORS 18 TO 20 YEARS 75 TO 85 KG

MENS TEAM 
LUKE HOWARD, RYAN WILLIAMS, DCAIN FRANCIS, SAM CANA
UWK SILVER MEDALS
KUMITE TEAM SHOBU SANBON MALE SHOBU SANBON SENIORS

MALE CADET TEAM 
JOSH DAVIES, JACOB DENHAM, BRANDON HARVEY
UWK BRONZE MEDALS
KUMITE TEAM SHOBU SANBON MALE SHOBU SANBON CADETS 15 TO 17 YEARS 

LAUREN GALLAGHER
UWK BRONZE MEDAL
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON FEMALE CADETS  
15 TO 17 YEARS 45 TO 50 KG
BRONZE MEDAL
KUMITE SHOBU SANBON FEMALE CADETS OPEN 
15 TO 17 YEARS OPEN WEIGHT

ELLIE THOMAS
UWK BRONZE MEDAL
15-16 CONTACT KATA

MIKE HUMPHRIES
UWK BRONZE MEDAL 
VETERAN CONTACT KATA

MALI GRIGG
UWK BRONZE MEDAL
13-14 CONTACT KATA


 

Karate Wales Squad Training

KARATE WALES SQUAD TRAINING

Karate Wales Squad Training will be on
Sunday 13th May 
at the Seaside Social & Labour Club, Dalton Road, Port Talbot, SA12
Kumite 10-12, Kata 12-2pm.
All athletes wishing to represent Karate Wales at the WUKF World Championships in Dundee in June need to attend, bringing with them their copy of the letter that all Chief Instructors have for Karate Wales Squad members.
All interested athletes should ask their Chief Instructor for a copy ASAP.

Karate Wales success at the WUKF World Karate Championships 2016

Karate Wales success at the WUKF World Karate Championships

A squad of 48 athletes travelled to Dublin to represent Karate Wales at the 6th World Union of Karate Federations World Championships, held from the 17th to 19th of June. It was a huge event with over 2250 athletes competing from 76 Federations world wide.

Welsh athletes would compete over the full spectrum of events in both kata and kumite and as both individuals and as teams. For the first time at a WUKF World Championships the squad contained athletes who would compete in the Adaptive Category for athletes with disabilities, and what success they had bringing back a total of 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze!

In the Adaptive Category Tyler Foster from Merthyr gave an outstanding performance in the Male Kata over 15 years ambulatory division to take the Gold medal and become World Champion. Ably supported by Bradley James and Leon Jones winning Silver medals and Lucas Widdrington a Bronze put Karate Wales at the top of the medal table in this category with a total of 4. A superb result for our first time in this category at World level.

In the Veterans Female Kata Kay Powell, also of Merthyr, finally took the World Gold that her decades of training deserved. Having come close many times over her numerous years of international competition she finally became World Champion with a masterful individual performance.

Josh Davies of Swansea in the individual Wado Ryu kata for 13 to 14 years also produced a Gold winning performance to win this division and become Karate Wales third World Champion.

The fourth Gold medal was won by Chiara Baker, Aaliyah Wiley, Sasha Hughes and Sumaya Evans who gave an energetic and spirited performance to win the Female Shobu Sanbon Rotation team division for 11 to 12 years. Every team member played their part, both on the mat and by encouraging their team mates, to become World Champions.

Karate Wales other three silver medals were won by:

Jacob Denham – Wado Ryu kata male 13 to 14 years green to black belt

Lauren Gallagher – Shobu Sanbon kumite female 15 to 17 years all belts

Sam Cana – Shobu Sanbon kumite male 15 to 17 years all belts

Bronze medals were also won by:

Josh Dodwell – Shobu Sanbon kumite male 18 to 20 years all belts

Leah Copeland – Shobu Sanbon Seniors female 21 to 35 years 55-60kg

Rahine Karunanithy – Shobu Sanbon kumite Seniors female 21 to 35 years 55-60kg

Leah Copeland, Amy Davies, Katie Rees and Rahine  Karunanithy Shobu Sanbon kumite Seniors female team rotation 21-35 years.

Praise must also be given to the team of coaches that accompanied the squad. The event turned into an endurance marathon with twice the number of athletes competing than was originally anticipated by the organisers. This led to 12 to 15 hour days of competition and a logistical headache to ensure each athlete made it to their area in time for their event.

Despite this, at the end of three long days, Karate Wales was proud to emerge with four Gold medals and seven new World Champions as well as a host of other medallists. Allied to previous World, European, British and Welsh Champions within the squad, the Karate Wales Governing Body continues to go from strength to strength.

Female Rotation Team 11-12 Years World Champion

Josh Davies World Champion

Kay Powell World Champion

 Tyle Foster World Champion



Karate Wales Youth Open 2018 Results

 Karate Wales Youth Open 2018 Results

 

GOLD MEDALIST

SILVER MEDALIST

BRONZE MEDALIST

BRONZE MEDALIST

KA1

JAKOB

BARTUSH

VALE KARATE

ELIAS

OWOLABI

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

OWEN

ROE

AKAI RYUU

JONATHAN McCARTHY

AKAI RYUU

KA2

DARCEY

HAWKES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

MADDIE VAUGHAN

AKAI RYUU

LILY

ROSSER

AKAI RYUU

POPPY VAUGHAN

AKAI RYUU

KA3

THEO

GANDERTON

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

JACK

EUSTACE

VALE KARATE

MASON-COLE HOLLOWAY

OKAMI

DYLAN WINFIELD

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

KA4

LLOYD

BEER

VALE KARATE

NIALL

WAITE

SHIN GI TAI

 

KA5

MADISYN

RHOOMS

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

AMELIE

FISHER

VALE KARATE

LILI

VAUGHAN

AKAI RYUU

KERIS PROSSER

AKAI RYUU

KA6

HEIDI

RANDALL

VALE KARATE

ELLE-MAI

LEE

VALE KARATE

 

KA7

LEO

PRITCHARD

AKAI RYUU

TOBY

OSBORNE

SHIN GI TAI

TANATSWA MATENGA

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

ALISTAIR HOROBIN

SHIN GI TAI

KA8

ZAC

YATES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

RHYS

YOUNG

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

GREGORY

JAMES

VALE KARATE

JED CARROLL

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

KA9

KEIRA

HAYCOCK

AKAI RYUU

EMILY

BROWN

SHIN GI TAI

ALYSSA

McCARTHY

AKAI RYUU

RUBY AMOR

SHIN GI TAI

KA10

ANNA

HARRISON

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

TALIA EFSTATHIOU

VALE KARATE

DEMI CHARLESWORTH

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

SKY McGUIGAN

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

KA11

DYLAN

HULBERT

AKAI RYUU

CAMERAN BROWN

AKAI RYUU

CAMERON

CLAGUE

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

LEX-JAY ADAMS

SHIN GI TAI

KA12

GLORY

BIMBI

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

ANISH

JOGIA

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

MACK

CARROLL

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

HARRY INGLIS

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

KA13

ANNALISE

SMITH

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

JENNY

PROSSER

AKAI RYUU

MOLLY

SALTER

AKAI RYUU

 

 

KA14

CHLOE

BARNES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

PHOEBE

JONES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

LILLY

SIMMS

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

ELLIE-JAYNE FARRUGIA

VALE KARATE

KA15

DANIEL

PAGE

KANSEI

HARVEY

HAWKES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

OWEN

ARMSTRONG

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

BEN YOUNG

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

KA16

CHIARA

BAKER

VALE KARATE

MAISIE

HARPER

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

FFION

DAVIES

WELSH KARATE UNION

EMILY CRAIG

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

KA17

CALLUM

CHATTOE

KANSEI

CALLUM

LEWIS

AKAI RYUU

UDESHPAL

MANN

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

 

KA18

SOPHIE

EVANS

ZENTAI KARATE

LAUREN GALLAGHER

WELSH KARATE UNION

ELLI

LLOYD

WELSH KARATE UNION

SHOTOKAN FEMALE

CHIARA

BAKER

VALE KARATE

ELLIE-JAYNE FARRUGIA

VALE KARATE

ANGHARAD

DAVIES-BALL

KANSEI

 

SHOTOKAN MALE

DANIEL

PAGE

KANSEI

OSCAR WOOSNAM

COMMUNITY KARATE CLUBS

OLIVER

JOHNSON

COMMUNITY KARATE CLUBS

BRANDON WOOSNAM

COMMUNITY KARATE CLUBS

OTHER STYLES FEMALE

PHOEBE

JONES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

NEYLAN GRAHAM-MASON

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

CHARLOTTE

COLBERT

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

SKY McGUIGAN

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

OTHER STYLES MALE

HARVEY

HAWKES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

GLORY

BIMBI

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

HARRY

INGLIS

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

LEO McGUIGAN

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

WADO KATA

ELLA-RAE

DAVIES

KEN BU KAN

EMILY

CRAIG

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

CHARLOTTE

CRAIG

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

 

KYOKUSHIN KATA 10-11

DANIEL

FELLOWES

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

ELIN

ROBERTS

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

CHLOE

PARSONS

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

SAMA OSMAN

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

KYOKUSHIN KATA 14-15

ELLI

THOMAS

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

MIA

FELLOWES

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

 

KYOKUSHIN KATA 5-7

ELLA

CORMACK

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

JAMES

TAYLOR

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

GRUF

REYNOLDS

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

CHIARA CIONE

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

KYOKUSHIN KATA 8-9

ESME

 LEES

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

EVAN

KENNEDY

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

GWEN

REYNOLDS

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

KHALID OSMAN

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

SPECIAL NEEDS

TYLER

FOSTER

ZENTAI KARATE

BRADLEY

JAMES

VALE KARATE

 

TEAM  KATA 14-17

WKU

WELSH KARATE UNION

AKA 8

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

TEAM  KATA 6-13

AKA 2

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

AKA 3

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

VALE KARATE

VALE KARATE

KANSEI KAIKEN

KANSEI

KU 1

JONATHAN McCARTHY

AKAI RYUU

KOBY

FORD

CHIKARA

ESSAN

ALI

KARATESPORT ENGLAND

ASHTON JONES

CHIKARA

KU 10

LUKE

THOMAS

KIHON

HENRY

INGLIS

SAMURAI CYMRU

GLORY

 BIMBI

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

LEO McGUIGAN

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

KU 11

ANNALISE

SMITH

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

MOLLY

SALTER

AKAI RYUU

 

KU 12

PHOEBE

JONES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

FFION GALLAGHER

WELSH KARATE UNION

NEYLAN

GRAHAM-MASON

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

CHARLOTTE COLBERT

SAMURAI KARATE CYMRU

KU 13

JAMES

CLARK

KIHON

HARVEY

HAWKES

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

JOSH

DAVIES

VALE KARATE

MORGAN HARVEY

KEN BU KAN

KU 14

FFION

DAVIES

WELSH KARATE UNION

ALYSHA

LEE

VALE KARATE

EMILY

CRAIG

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

MAISIE HARPER

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

KU 15

BRANDON

HARVEY

KEN BU KAN

UDESHPAL

MANN

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

CALLUM

LEWIS

AKAI RYUU

PATRICK RILEY

WELSH KARATE UNION

KU 16

LAUREN GALLAGHER

WELSH KARATE UNION

ELLI

LLOYD

WELSH KARATE UNION

ABBIE

SULLIVAN

AKAI RYUU

MEGAN CHAMBERS

ARASHI

KU 2

LILY

ROSSER

AKAI RYUU

MADDIE VAUGHAN

AKAI RYUU

ORLA

WAITE

SHIN GI TAI

ELLA CORMACK

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

KU 3

EVAN

KENNEDY

WELSH KYOKUSHINKAI

THEO GANDERTON

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

MASON-COLE HOLLOWAY

OKAMI

LOGAN FERNQUEST

CHIKARA

KU 4

MADISYN

RHOOMS

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

DEMI-LEIGH JONES

TORA SHIN

ELLA-RAE

DAVIES

KEN BU KAN

KERIS PROSSER

AKAI RYUU

KU 5

ALISTAIR

HOROBIN

SHIN GI TAI

CORI

THOMAS

TORA SHIN

LEE

WILLIAMS

AKAI RYUU

LEO PRITCHARD

AKAI RYUU

KU 6

CALLAN

WRAGG

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

GREGORY

JAMES

VALE KARATE

JED

CARROLL

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

THOMAS JAGO

OKAMI

KU 7

NADINE

BARNES

TORA SHIN

NANCY

HAYES

CHIKARA

MINDY

JAMES

TALBOT

KIZZY BROWN

TALBOT

KU 8

SKY

McGUIGAN

SAMURAI

ANNA

HARRISON

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

EMILLIE

THOMPSON

VALE KARATE

ROSIE WRAGG

SHIN GI TAI

KU 9

BILLY

ALVIS

KEN BU KAN

CAMERON CLAGUE

ENGLAND SHOTOKAN  KARATE-DO FEDERATION

LEX-JAY

ADAMS

SHIN GI TAI

CAMERAN BROWN

AKAI RYUU

TEAM KUMITE 1

AKA 3

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

AKA 1

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

SHIN GI TAI AVENGERS

SHIN GI TAI

SHIN GI TAI PREDATORS

SHIN GI TAI

TAM KUMITE 2

SHIN GI TAI

JEDI

SHIN GI TAI

SAMURAI

SAMURAI CYMRU

 

TEAM KUMITE 5

TALBOT

TALBOT

TORA SHIN

TORA SHIN

SHIN GI TAI

BLACK WIDOWS

SHIN GI TAI

AKA 4

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

TEAM KUMITE 6

AKA 6

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

AKA 7

ALL-STYLES KARATE ALLIANCE

AKAI RYUU

AKAI RYUU

 

 

 

 

KW Open 2018 results

Karate Wales Open 2018 Results


 

Shihan Howard Collins


 

The 9th WUKF European Championships

The 9th WUKF European Championships

While Wales was enjoying the best weather of the year so far, the small Karate Wales squad, which attended The 9th WUKF European Karate Championships in Cluj, Transylvania in Romania from Wednesday to Sunday, 5th to 9th April experienced rain and cold weather throughout the week.


The squad comprised only three athletes, Lauren Gallagher and Ryan Williams of the WKU and Vale Karate's Leah Copeland.

The trio were accompanied in Transylvania by Karate Wales' WUKF qualified referee's Andrew Jones and Doru Grad, coach Hugh Gallagher and Coach and Karate Wales President Rob Copeland.

As well as Wales and the hosts, Romania, there were also squads from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,  Ireland, Italy, Malta, N.Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

As at all WUKF events, the standard overall was very good, excellent at the top end, and numbers were high, but thankfully, as the Championships were spread over four days very late finishes were avoided, and as there were no children in the squad,

This was a Championships for all ages;
Children (12 years & below)
Mini-Cadets (13-14 years)
Cadets (15-17 years)
Juniors (18-20 years)
Seniors (21-35 years)
Veterans (35+)
All categories are further divided, either by grade  in children's Kata or weight in all Kumite categories except veterans, however the veterans also have different age groups, 35-40, 41-45 etc.

Veterans events, Seniors  and cadets Open Style Kata and Openweight Kumite took place on the Thursday, Seniors and cadets 'style' Kata and weighted Kumite events on Friday, all children's events and mini-cadets on Saturday and the finals of the senior events on Sunday.

Ryan was competing in Men's Open weight and Men's -75Kg Kumite, Leah in Ladies Open and Shotokan Kata and Ladies -60Kg Kumite and Lauren in Female Cadet Shotokan Kata, Female Cadet Kumite -50Kg and Female Cadet Open Kumite.

On Thursday Leah took part in Ladies Open Kata and Lauren was active in both her Kata and Kumite disciplines.  Unfortunately, despite good performances, neither could progress to the finals.

In the Men's Open Weight Kumite category, Ryan won his first two fights, beating good opponents, using his reverse punch to great effect.

In the last eight, he lost to an excellent Italian to end his medal hopes, however optimism was high for an equally impressive showing in his weight category the following day.

Friday was a good day for Karate Wales!

 In the Men's -75Kg Kumite Ryan repeated the form of Thursday and fought at his absolute best and went all the way to the semi finals to secure a precious Bronze medal.  His opponent there, the Englishman Luke Cuthbert was too fluid and experienced, and featured in Sunday's final.  However Ryan can be proud of his bronze.  A great achievement.

Both Lauren and Leah took part in their styles Kata and improved on their scores of Thursday with both narrowly missing places in the final.

It was the Kumite where they shone.

Lauren was in great form in the Female Cadets -50Kg category, beating the reigning World Champion in the second round, scoring with several great kicks in her fights to secure a place in the last four.  Leading 2-0 early in the fight, a tough fight ensued with Lauren losing a very close match to take the bronze medal.

Leah was drawn against one of WUKF's dominant figures, Romania's Magdalena Tier in the semi final and gave one of her best ever performances, matching the Romanian in every department.  A great kick from Leah had the spectators cheering, however it was not scored and at the bell, Magdalena had taken a 5-3 win. Magdalena went on to win in the final 6-3.

Three Bronze medals from three athletes has to be seen as a very good result for Wales with all three showing improvements on previous major events.

The next major International event, the IKU World Championships take place in Kilkenny, Ireland in October this year and we hope to attend with a very much bigger squad!

Next years WUKF World Championships also take place much closer to home, in Dundee in June 2018.



Wales Office, Westminster - Reception invitation to mark Welsh Sporting Success

WALES OFFICE, WESTMINSTER.

RECEPTION INVITATION TO MARK WELSH SPORTING SUCCESS.

19th January 2016.

Karate Wales was honoured to have received an invitation to send a representative to this prestigious ceremony. It is surely a sign of how far, in such a short space of time we have progressed.

Our president, Rob Copeland was to be have been our representative, unfortunately he was taken ill. Paul Watson deputised in his position at short notice.

 

REPORT:

The ceremony is not an annual event and was organised to get together various sporting body delegates to acknowledge their contribution to Welsh success.

Not knowing what to expect, my aim was to use the opportunity to network and promote the achievements of our athletes.

It was difficult to have long conversations with the prominent officials as everyone was doing their best to have their input with the hierarchy.

Invited guests included well know sports personalities there such as, Olympian - Nicole Cooke MBE (cycling), Gareth Davies WRU, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE, and other Paralympian gold medalists.

Eventually I managed to introduce myself to Alun Cairns MP.

Apologies were expressed for Rob not being able to attend, he was very appreciative that we had representation.

The MP was impressed with our success last year. He asked for Rob to get in contact as he would be interested in going along to meet with Rob at his club in Barry. He also stated that if there was anything he could help us with to contact him. 

I had decent conversations with official's from Wales Ladies and Mens Cricket, Rowing, Ladies Rugby, Triathletes, Cycling and Hockey. Who are now aware that there is a Karate Wales GB.

Joe Towns form BBC Sport Wales and myself had a lengthy conversation. He was very interested to know why we had done so well after the short time. I respectfully explained about our focus on development strategies and ability to enter high class national and international tournaments.

I enquired as to the possibility of BBC Sport Wales allowing air time for pre world and european championship interviews with our defending champions and potential medalists. I suggested maybe attending a squad session prior to these events as a point of contact. He gave me his email and asked to be sent the details. He could give no commitment, but promised to do his best and pass the details onto the relevant decision makers. 

Sarah Powell, CEO Sport Wales was engaged in conversation with others most of the time. However, I managed to time my intervention and gain her attention just right. I introduced myself and explained Rob was taken ill and I was thrown in at the deep end. She saw the funny side and said she had met Rob and also thanked me for attending with such short notice. I mentioned our success's in 2015 to which she was pleased to hear about. At this point she was drawn way by other guests.

 

SUMMARY:

Sport Wales, Alun Cairns MP and other governing bodies are now aware that KW is a successful, honourable and a governing body that truly represents Karate in Wales.

Karate Wales was portrayed in a dignified, friendly and respectful manner.

Please feel free to contact me to clarify or ask any further points.

Paul.

 

L-R.  Paul Watson KW, Alun Cairns MP, Gareth Davies WRU.

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