Karate Wales at the KarateSport England Championships


Hot on the heels of their fantastic performances at the AMA International Open, a smaller Karate Wales squad continued their trail blazing escapades when they attended the KarateSport England Championships in Harlow on 19th April. 

Nine Gold medals, four in kata and five in Kumite were won as well as seven Kata silvers, four Kumite silvers and an even split of seven Kata and seven Kumite bronze medals!
The Vale Karate trio of Josh Dwyer, Harrison Williams and Chris Slack were too good for the opposition to open the Karate Wales account with gold in the Junior Team Kata, shortly followed by another Vale and Wales clean sweep in the Girls Shotokan Kata when Emma Squire pipped Alexandra Slack into silver position with Chiara Baker in bronze medal place. 
Chiara later took an ‘Open’ Kata silver with Emma taking the bronze in that category.
Chiara went home with a silver and two bronze medals as she also took a Kumite bronze!
Merthyr’s Richard Powell, who took the WKL by storm during the latter part of last season continued his form to win the mens Shotokan Kata with the WKL Mens Kata champion for the last three seasons, Andrew Kanias taking the Mens Veteran Kata title. 
Andrew also took silver in the mens ‘Open’ Kata! 
Richard’s Merthyr club mate Ayisha Gutierrez went close to emulating Richard, eventually taking a silver in the Ladies Shotokan Kata, with Kay Powell, although picking a very tough event to make her comeback in the high quality Ladies Veteran event, nevertheless making it a successful venture, taking a bronze medal after a twenty year break!
Karate Wales Kata medals continued as Griff Hughes, from Vale Karate, Tushi Karunanithy from Ken Bu Kan and Kathryn Collis from Kansei all took Kata silvers in their respective style Kata events of Shotokan, Wado and Shitoryu. 
Jacob Denham took a Wado Bronze and Thomas Kerslake found the podium on three occasions in the Boys Shotokan, Shitoryu and Open categories!
When the Kumite got underway, karate Wales were again in the forefront.
Morgan Harvey was again outstanding in winning the U12 -45Kgs. 
The Vale Karate trio of Josh Dwyer, Harrison Williams and Ella Forsyth were on fire as each won gold medals with Josh taking the U14 -55Kg title, Harrison the U14 -45kgs title and Ella Victorious in th Girls U12 +45Kg category.
Cain Francis of Talbot Karate, who often shows flashes of brilliance in the Welsh Karate League went all the way in the Male Cadets (16-17) -70Kg division.
Ella Forsyth, after her gold medal winning Individual performance helped The Karate Wales 8-12 Girls Kumite team take second place, with both other  members of the team also taking individual silverware with Sumaya Evans from Cardiff earning a silver in the U12 -35Kg and Vale’s Chiara Baker taking a bronze in the same category.
Tushi Karunanithy added a Kumite silver (U12 +45Kg) to his Kata silver and Cori Collins of Talbot took a well deserved U14 +55Kg silver medal.
The Ken bu Kan duo of Brandon Harvey and Jacob Denham took bronze medals, Brandon in the 14-15 years Mini cadets -55Kg event and Jacob in the U14 -45Kg division.
Cardiff’s Chahid Evans took an U12 -45Kg bronze and Chelsea Langa, from Chirk, took a bronze medal in the U10 Girls Kumite.
Finally Talbot’s Tyler Rowland and Dionne jones each took brave bronze medals in very tough categories.
The Karate Wales Squad are now in training for the forthcoming WKL season, but more importantly the WUKF and IKU European Championships in May and June.


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