Farnham Kyu Grade Competition, September 2006

First of our team to compete was Ed Stewart in the Senior Adult Kata. Ed choose Pinan Yodan for his first Kata and executed it well, earning a place in the next round. Here's some of his 'Yodan':

Jim Croucher was next up in the same Senior Adult Kata section and also choose Pinan Yodan. It was unfortunate that Ed and Jim were drawn against each other in the first round - particularly as there were so many from other Clubs that got a bye into the next round - that's the luck of the draw! Ed went through with a sharper Kata but Jim showed spirit and determination and will no doubt be back next time.

Ed choose Pinan Shodan in the 2nd round of the Kata and again looked sharp (see him below in action). Unfortunately, Ed missed out to Shaun Barrett who's Kata was just a little bit sharper and more 'alive'.

Laurence Ash was next up in the Junior Kumite against a significantly smaller competitor and got through to the final relatively easily. Here are some pictures from the fight:

Ed Stewart was next up in the Adult Senior Grade Kumite. Ed has been extremely unlucky with the draw in recent competitions and this competition was no different. Ed ended-up fighting the eventual competition winner in the first round! Ed wasn't a pushover and fought with enthusiasm and courage - showing true Fudoshin spirit. Although Ed lost he can be proud of the skills and courage he displayed - here are some pictures of the fight:

Laurence Ash fought well in the final of the Junior Kumite but was just beaten into 2nd place by a more experienced fighter. Well done Laurence and congratulations on the trophy! here's some pictures of Laurence fighting in the final:

Here's pictures of Laurence receiving his trophy from Sensei Corin Pegden:

Other members of the club helped with officiating the competitions - Rob Windsor and Nick Mugridge acted as judges for the Kata and Kumite and Phil Sears helped out with time and score keeping. Everyone had a great day and parents, spectators and competitors all seemed inspired and motivated by what they saw - no doubt we'll all be training harder in the weeks to come!