On Saturday 26th we sent 18 warriors from York Elite to do battle at the KUGB Northern Region Championships in Sunderland. For some like Sophie and Ellie this was their first experience of a competition of this status and everyone did us proud.  

There were some notable performances. Brian did well in the Adult Kyu Grade Kata (although we're still looking for the missing mae geri in Heian Nidan!) After a bit of disappointment in the team kata, Rosa had a storming run in the girls kumite and was very unlucky to be DQ'd in the semi-finals for what on another day would have been an ippon jodan zuki. Sammi stunned herself by getting into the finals of the female dan grades kata despite the number of recent world champions competing in her kata and kumite categories. 

And it wasn't just the senior grades that shone. Hugh Fowler had a great battle in the boys kumite taking it to extra time against an experienced black belt before narrowly losing out. The hastily formed kata team of Oliver, Connor and Owen also did really well and were very unlucky not to make the finals after a tie.

Full results are below and the York Elite Team consisted of: Fraser Grice, Sammi King, Rosa Kerr, Cayleigh McCartney, Julia Coatesworth, Joseph Lines, Oliver Lines, Brian Woods, Ellie Blundell, Sam Blundell, Owen Dunckley, Connor Dunckley, James McNichol, Hugh Fowler, Sophie Fowler, Kimberley Strachan, Harvey Hunter and Mackenzie Hunter.

Results : 7 medals 
Bronzes for Sam & Olly in the boys 10 & 11 kumite
Bronze for Joe in the boys kumite 12 - 15
Bronze for Kim in the girls 10 & 11 kumite
Bronze for Rosa in the girls 12 - 15 kumite
Bronze for Fraser in the junior male kumite
Bronze for Sammi in junior ladies kata!


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