AMA International Open


A great weekend of success for Karate Wales at the AMA International Open which took place over the weekend of 15th and 16th February.

The quality of the Squad shone through from the very first Kata events on Saturday, and continued through to the last Kumite on Sunday
There were three Kata gold medals won on Saturday, led by Kansei Instructor Andrew Kanias who took top spot in the Mens Veterans event, with Charlotte York taking gold in the Girls Open Kata event with Emma Squire and Kloe Christoforato making it a Karate Wales whitewash of medals and Charlotte and Kloe also taking silver and bronze in the Girls Shotokan event.
Nathan Davies and Sam Cana each took medals in the 15 years and above Wado Kata, with Nathan amazingly winning gold ahead of the WUKF World Champion... and Sam in bronze position. 
Our Pairs and Team Kata entrants also reached the podium with the Kansei trio of Dan, Kathryn and Tom earning a silver and the Vale pairing of Alex and Emma also taking silver.
Josh Davies of the Ken Bu Kan took bronze in the 10-14 Kata for -4th Kyu's.
Vale Karate's Leah Copeland was in the form of her life to mix it with some top International's in both the Ladies Shotokan and Ladies Open Kata events and took bronze medals in both.
Kumite started with a bang on Sunday as Keana Hutchinson of Cogan Karate Jutsu-Kai took gold in the 8 years and Under event. It was a fantastically successful weekend for Lee Costa's club and the Hutchinson family in particular as Keana's sister Trinity won two gold medals in the Nihon and Ippon events! Krisiny won a bronze in the Girls 13-14 Kumite, with older sister Tylia showing plenty of spirit taking a silver in the Girls Ippon event for 14-15 year-olds.
Our younger boys fought brilliantly, but couldn't quite match the results of the girls, nevertheless Josh Davies won a Kumite gold to go alongside his Kata silver! Josh Dwyer and Harrison Williams both of Vale Karate were each among the best in the very large -50Kg category, with Josh earning silver and Harrison very narrowly missing out on the bronze. They teamed up with Josh Davies in the team event and were in fantastic form, losing by the narrowest of margins in the final to take a team silver.
Sam Cana, a hugely exciting future prospect had to settle for third place, with Daniel Jones a novice with an abundance of courage took a silver in the Ippon events.
The curtain was brought down by two of Karate Wales' big guns with Nathan Davies and finally Luke Howard showing they can win anywhere, and took Karate Wales medal tally to Nine Golds, Seven Silvers and Nine Bronzes. 
A fantastic weekend and another step forward for the developing Karate Wales Squad!

GIRLS OPEN KATA: Charlotte York 1st
MALE VETERAN KATA: Andrew Kanias 1st
MALE WADO KATA: Nathan Davies 1st
8 & UNDER GIRLS KUMITE: Keana Hutchinson 1st
13-14 GIRLS KUMITE: Trinity Hutchinson 1st
10-12 BOYS KUMITE-4th Kyu Josh Davies 1st
13-15 GIRLS IPPON: Trinity Hutchinson 1st
14-15 BOYS KUMITE: Nathan Davies 1st
MENS 165Kg KUMITE: Luke Howard 1st

TEAM KATA: Dan, Kathryn, Thomas 2nd
PAIRS: Emma & Alex 2nd
GIRLS SHOTOKAN: Charlotte York 2nd
GIRLS OPEN KATA: Emma Squire 2nd
BOYS -50Kg KUMITE: Josh Dwyer 2nd
BOYS TEAM: Josh, Josh, Harrison 2nd
MENS -4th Kyu: Daniel Jones 2nd

10-14 Kata -4th Kyu Josh Davies 3rd
GIRLS SHOTOKAN:Kloe  Christoforato 3rd
GIRLS OPEN KATA: Kloe Christoforato 3rd
LADIES SHOTOKAN: Leah Copeland 3rd
LADIES OPEN: Leah Copeland 3rd
MALE WADO KATA: Sam Cana 3rd
13-14 GIRLS KUMITE: Krisiny Hutchinson 3rd
13-15 BOYS KUMITE: Sam Cana 3rd
GIRLS IPPON: Tylia Hutchinson 3rd


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