February 2013 - Turkey European Cadet & Junior Championships
More than 40 European countries met in Konya, Turkey for the European Cadet and Junior Championships
including the under 21 European Cup.
England finished second in the medals table with two Gold, two Silver, and four bronze medals.
Congratulations to England national Kata Coach, Ishinryu's Jonathan Mottram, who has really driven these successes.
Ishinryu medal winners included Emma Lucraft, Gold in Under 21 female Kata and Aimee Sell, Silver in Junior female Kata.
September 2012 - Oceania Karate Championships
Sensei Bruce Hyland with members of his winning team who took 8 Golds, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze at this prestigious event.
28 July 2012 - Celebration Karate International Championships
Excellent results from the Barking Abbey Ishinryu squad that went to the
2012 Celebration Games Karate Championships held in Sheffield on Saturday 28th July 2012.
All squad members came back with a medal helping Barking Abbey secure 7 Gold and 5 Bronze medals.
See the Barking Abbey website here for a full report,
July 2012 - Kata squad announced for 2012 World Championships
Congratulations to sensei Jonathan Mottram and Emma Lucraft on their individual selection for the senior World Championships in Paris.
Also congratulations to Aimee Sell, Melissa Williamson and John Gardner on their team selection.
The World Senior Karate Championships are held every two years.
In 2012, Paris will host the 21st edition of the World Championships.
It will be the second time, after 1972, that the French Federation welcomes the competition.
The first edition was organized in Tokyo in 1970.
Since their creation the World Championships gather an increasing number of participants.
In Paris this year, more than 100 countries and 1000 athletes are expected.
May 2012 - 47th European Senior Karate Championships
This event took place in Adeje, southwestern part of the island of Tenerife (Spain), on 10-13th May.
Sensei Jonathan Mottram claimed a bronze medal for England in Kata.
The only award for England in this event. Seen here with sensei Donovan.
2012 - English National Karate Championships - Sheffield
The annual EKF English National Karate Championships were held on the weekend 21-22nd April 2012
in it's usual home of Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
The squad was relatively small compared to many of the associations competing and smaller than in previous years
but at the end of the day it's quality that counts not quantity and Ishinryu was oozing with quality at almost
The squad competed extremely well collecting 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals between them.
Indeed high quality with a high percentage of golds even with a couple of all-Ishinryu finals.
9 of these medals were won in the 'blue ribbon' WKF events, not a bad days work then.
So let's see how the squad did...
Female 10-13yrs Kata
Ishinryu's youngest squad member and youngest competitor in the category, Toni Shearing claimed a fantastic gold
in this tough category competing against many older and bigger opponents, yet Toni may well have been the most
experienced having competed internationally several times.
Toni performed Bassai-Dai Kata in her opening round and made a good start beating her
opponent's Jion Kata 5 flags to 0.
The 2nd round saw Toni perform Seienchin Kata and like the round before beat her opponent's Jion
The 3rd round saw Toni perform a good Annan Kata and take the win 4-1.
The semi-final saw another win for Toni as her performance of Unshu impressed the judges giving her a 5-0.
The final saw Toni perform Gojushiho Kata with her opponent performing Annan.
A close final but Toni came out on top with a 3 flags to 2 win giving her the gold and National title.
Bright future for Toni.
Also competing in the Female 10-13yrs category was Michaela Webber.
Michaela is a talented up-and-coming athlete, not hugely experienced, but making really good progress.
Michaela performed Bassai-Dai in her opening round encounter and a good performance saw her win the match
5 flags to 0 against her opponent's Bassai Kata.
The next round was very close with Michaela just losing out 3 flags to 2 following her Seienchin
Really unlucky this time but Michaela is improving all the time and will come back stronger and better next time.
Male 10-13yrs Kata
Billy Withers, well so close to a medal, out in the 4th round and yet only the quarter-finals,
one round short of a medal position.
Billy performed Empi Kata against his opponent's Bassai-Dai in the 1st round and came out a close
3 flags to 2 winner.
The 2nd round saw Billy face another Bassai-Dai Kata, this time Billy performed Kanku Sho
and another close 3-2 call went Billy's way.
The 3rd round saw Billy win more decisively as his Gojushiho Sho Kata won the match 4-1
out performing his opponent's Kanku-Dai Kata.
Now in the 4th round quarter-finals Billy performed an adventurous Gankaku Kata but unfortunately
lost out 5-0 to the eventual winner's Annan Kata.
With no repechage in the younger events Billy was just one round off a medal, so close.
Next time definitely for Billy.
Another entrant in the Male 10-13yrs Kata event was Dahni Maisuria.
Dahni made an excellent start performing Empi Kata in his opening round and winning his match 5 flags to 0.
The next round saw a bit of a mix-up where he was required to perform his Kata (the same Kata)
twice due to some anomalous decision.
However, Dahni's individual championship ended prematurely as his Gojushiho Kata lost out 4 flags to 1.
Dahni wasn't fighting this year as he was still recovering from an foot injury and needs to ensure he's
fully fit before subjecting himself to the rigours of Kumite too.
Female Cadet 14-15yrs Kata
This event saw both Melissa Williamson and Kira Munns-Charlton competing for Ishinryu and
(did I mention quality) they achieved an all-Ishinryu final.
Melissa opened her account with an excellent 3-2 Annan win over her opponent's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata.
A good start that went from strength to strength as she won her next semi-final round 5-0 as her
Unshu Kata powered her to victory over her opponent's Gojushiho Kata, setting up a final showdown between herself and Kira.
Kira made an excellent start to her campaign as she achieved a 5-0 opening round after performing Bassai-Dai Kata
against her opponent's Empi Kata.
The next round semi-final saw Kira's Annan Kata secure another 5-0 win over another Empi Kata performed by her
next opponent which set up the all-Ishinryu clash.
After dominating this event, the final saw both girls perform Chatanyara Kushanku Kata and so it was a straight
vote on the performance by the judges which went to Melissa, 5 flags to 0, securing Melissa the National title
and Kira the silver medal.
Congratulations to both girls, well deserved.
Male Cadet 14-15yrs Kata
Ronnie Withers competed in the male Cadet Kata event which saw him storm to the final to gain a silver.
In his opening round, Ronnie performed Kanku Dai matching his opponent's Kata but Ronnie's was judged the better
securing a 4 flags to 1 win.
The 2nd round saw Ronnie perform a good Gojushiho Sho Kata to match his opponent once again.
This time Ronnie secured all flags to take a 5-0 win.
The semi-final round saw Ronnie secure another 5-0 win as his Empi Kata out performed his opponent's
Gojushiho Sho Kata.
The final pitted Ronnie against England's Cadet European bronze medallist,
and so this was always going to be an up-hill battle for Ronnie.
Ronnie chanced his arm and performed Gankaku Kata but was out performed as Kieran's Unshu took the
flags 5-0 leaving Ronnie with an excellent silver.
Female Junior 16-17yrs Kata
Aimee Sell was on top form at these championships securing her 6th individual English National Championship title.
Aimee performed Bassai-Dai in her opening round beating her opponent's own Bassai-Dai with a 5 flags to 0 victory.
The 2nd round saw a 'no-show' against Aimee which saw her automatically receive the win.
In the semi-final round Aimee opted to perform Annan Kata against her opponent's Suparinpei Kata.
Aimee's performance simply outclassed her opponent's as she secured a 4-1 win.
The final saw Aimee perform Suparinpei to match her opponent.
Aimee's performance was once again excellent as she received all flags from the judges securing a 5-0 win and the national title.
Male Senior 16yrs+ Kata
This event saw both Jonathan Mottram and John Gardiner competing and both finished on the podium,
Jonathan with gold and John with bronze.
John Gardiner started in brilliant fashion winning his opening round match 5-0 as his Jion Kata secured all flags.
The 2nd round saw John perform Gojushiho and once again a dominate performance saw him with 5-0.
The 3rd round once again saw John not drop a flag as he secured his 3rd straight 5-0 victory.
The semi-final saw John in a tough match facing England U21 representative.
A close call went against John on this occasion as his Unsu Kata performance lost out to
his opponent's own Unsu 3 flags to 2.
John did come back into repechage though and claimed his deserved bronze medal as his Empi Kata
secured a 5-0 win.
Jonathan Mottram secured his 15th individual English National Championship title as he stormed his way through
to victory in commanding fashion.
His opening round Jion Kata secured a 5-0 and his 2nd round Kata performance of Kanku-Dai was equally as
good securing another 5-0 against his opponent.
The 3rd round saw Jon perform a strong Empi Kata which defeated his opponent's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata 5-0. The semi-final saw Jon perform Kanku-Sho and once again in commanding fashion secure a 5-0 win. The finial saw Jon perform Unsu Kata against his opponent's Gankaku Kata but there was only ever going to be one winner - Jon who claimed victory with a 5-0 win. Awesome.
Female Senior 16yrs+ Kata
Another all-Ishinryu final in the senior female event as Aimee Sell and Emma Lucraft cruise
to the final but unfortunately no medal for Katinka Ernst.
Katinka was really unlucky to bow out in the 1st round.
She performed Bassai-Dai Kata but the close decision went against her as she narrowly lost out 3 flags to 2.
Her opponent, was eventually beaten by Aimee so no repechage for Katinka unfortunately.
Aimee was the only one to have 5 rounds but remained unfazed as her opening round Kata of Bassai-Dai
secured her a 5-0 win beating her opponent's own Bassai-Dai Kata.
Aimee performed Seienchin Kata in the 2nd round to match her opponent's Seienchin Kata but Aimee's was judged
superior and she secured another 5-0 win.
The 3rd round saw Aimee perform Annan Kata and another excellent performance secured her a 5-0 win over her
opponent's Gojushiho Kata.
The semi-final saw Aimee face another Gojushiho Kata with Aimee opting to perform Chatanyara Kushanku.
Once again an excellent display saw her win 5-0 to make the final against team-mate Emma.
Emma started off her path to the podium with a 1st round bye but was soon in action performing
Bassai-Dai against her opponent's own Bassai-Dain in the 2nd round.
Emma made no mistakes securing a 5-0 win.
The 3rd round saw Emma perform Unshu Kata against her opponent's Suparinpei Kata and Emma took the
win 4 flags to 1 to make the next round.
In the semi-final Emma chose to perform Suparinpei Kata against her opponent's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata
which saw Emma make the right choice storming to a 5-0 win to face Aimee in the all-Ishinryu final.
The final saw Aimee perform Suparinpei with Emma performing Chatanyara Kushanku.
Both performed their Kata's brilliantly but Emma came out on top with a 5-0 win securing the senior
national title with Aimee claiming the silver. Quality once again.
Male Veterans 40yrs+ Kata
Paul McNamee flew in from Jersey Ishinryu to aid the Ishinryu squad and perform in the Veterans Kata event.
Paul performed Seipai Kata in his opening round and a good performance saw him beat his opponent's Jion Kata 4 flags to 1.
With a relatively low turnout in this category, Paul was straight into the final where he performed Paiku.
Unfortunately this wasn't judged quite as good as his opponent's Suparinpei Kata and Paul settled for silver
after narrowly losing out 3-2.
Very close but well done.
A new fun event for the nationals this year, the pairs Kata, was introduced.
Ishinryu had three pairs teams entered.
Mixed 13-15yrs Pairs Kata
Ronnie and Dahni competed for Ishinryu as one team with Kira and Melissa
competing as the 2nd Ishinryu team in this event.
Ronnie & Dahni secured a bronze medal after winning their 1st round 3-2 following their
Empi team performance but lost out 5-0 in the semi-final as their Gojushiho Sho Kata didn't quite make the mark.
Kira & Mel fared better winning their opening round 5-0 following their Bassai-Dai pairs performance.
They followed up that with a semi-final win as there Gojushiho Kata secured all flags from the judges giving
them a 5-0 win.
The final saw the pair perform Unshu and a 5-0 win saw them win this inaugural event in style without
dropping a flag.
Mixed Senior 16yrs+ Pairs Kata
This event saw Jonathan Mottram and John Gardiner team up to try their hand at this event.
The pair won their initial rounds 5-0 but their lack of preparation showed in the final where they had to
settle for silver.
Female Senior 16yrs+ Team Kata
The team Kata events have always been considered one of the hardest of all to win and most difficult to practice.
Not only is timing and precision required but, a working knowledge of the Kata principles and actions have to be
demonstrated via the Bunkai in the Kata finals too.
Ishinryu had one Junior team consisting of Aimee, Kira & Melissa.
However, they were to be the only female junior team to be entered into these championships.
By coincidence, there was only one senior female team entered also,
so the Ishinryu girls agreed to step up to the mark and take on the senior female team in the
senior category forsaking the junior category.
The Ishinryu girls performed Unshu Kata followed by their version of the Bunkai demonstrating the purpose
of the Kata moves.
Their opposition performed Annan Kata and their own rendition of it's Bunkai.
The Ishinryu team performance, despite their young ages (14, 15 & 16yrs old) outclassed their senior opponents
winning 4 flags to 1 to claim the team crown and another gold for Ishinryu.
With that, Melissa had now secured an amazing 3 gold's with Aimee and Kira both securing 2 golds and a
What a haul. Did I mention quality?
Female 12-13yrs +45kg Kumite
Michaela Webber eventually had the opportunity to compete in the Kumite event following her exploits
in the Kata categories.
Unfortunately her campaign was short lived as she bowed out in her opening round.
Michaela lost out 2-0 being caught by two Gyakuzuki punches from her opponent but although her opponent
received 3 warnings, under new WKF rules, no penalty points are awarded against them.
Had the old rules been in place Michaela would have progressed but rules change which may suit some people
more than others.
I'm sure Michaela learnt a lot from this.
Female Cadet 14-15yrs +54kg Kumite
Melissa Williamson stayed for day two of the championships to compete in the female Cadet +54kg Kumite
event demonstrating Melissa's all-round Karate abilities.
Mel did extremely well claiming a Kumite bronze medal to add to her 3 golds gained the day before.
Mel won her opening round 7-0 and the 2nd round 3-1 before losing 0-2 in the semi-final match and then
Mel created history within Ishinryu by winning 4 medals in total at a National Championships,
the previous being Aimee who'd won 3 medals at a previous National Championships.
Female Cadet 14-15yrs Open Kumite
Melissa Williamson had one more opportunity to medal in the open weight category but fell short by the
narrowest of decisions.
Winning her opening round 9-0 Mel failed to score in her 2nd round as the scores remained tied 0-0.
The decision went to the judges but Mel lost out 3 flags to 2.
Very close but well done Mel for your achievements over what was a long weekend for you.
Male Junior 16-17yrs U68kg Kumite
East Durham Ishinryu's Liam Conroy took a well-earned bronze at the Championships.
Liam looked strong as he easily came through the early rounds in the U-68kg 16-17yrs category,
before he came up against his fellow England squad member.
It was a close match but Liam lost out leaving him to fight it out again for 3rd place via the repechage rounds.
Liam made no mistake this time round making sure he claimed the bronze in this tough event.
It was a good performance.
Male Senior U75kg Kumite
Alan Evans didn't make the grade this time out in the U7kg event despite his valiant efforts.
Alan lost out in his opening round to bow out of the championships early.
Male Senior U84kg Kumite
It wasn’t Aaron Swales’ day!
Sitting comfortable with one second to to go in his quarter-final fight,
he got caught with a head kick – putting him out of the medals in the U-84kg category.
Well done to the whole squad who competed, not everyone medalled this time round but everyone played their part
in team spirit and support.
The squad is going from strength to strength, a great performance from all Ishinryu Athletes.
Your hard work and determination is paying off,
keep up the good work and roll on the BKF British Nationals in June.
2012 - European Championships - Tenerife
East Durham Ishinryu's Aaron Swales has booked his seat on the plane for the European Championships.
Aaron, 24, impressed England coach Willie Thomas at selections to earn his badge once more in the U-84kg category for the tournament in Tenerife in May.
It is another great achievement for Aaron and for East Durham Ishinryu.
We will be following his progress. Well done!
October 2011 - World Championships Malaysia
Ishinryu's Emma Lucraft has won Bronze for Kata in the world competition. Following a bye, Emma beat Syria, France and Mexico.
A loss to Japan in the semi-final was followed by a win against Germany for the Bronze.
Seen here along with fellow competitors and proud Ishinryu Instructor and Coach Jonathan Mottram
A brilliant victory for England and Ishinryu!
November 2011 - Cardiff Grand Slam
Aaron Swales helped the England team to the Grand Slam title - without dropping a match.
England claimed the crown in emphatic style by winning all bouts and another great performance from Aaron.
The women's team also claimed the crown - making it a clean sweep for England at the event in Cardiff.
Well done Aaron and well done England.
September 2011 -British International Open
An Ishinryu trio entered the British International Open and came away with gold, silver and bronze.
EAST Durham's Aaron Swales pulled off a fantastic performance to claim gold at the event as
nations from across Europe gathered for the Open at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall.
Aaron, 24, stepped up a weight category for the event and aimed for glory in the U-84kg Kumite.
And he didn't disappoint - breezing through the earlier rounds against his European counterparts - before smashing his way into the final with a 7-1 victory.
He then faced fellow England international Barry Meanwell.
Both fighters showed some signs of tiredness - but it was Aaron who came out on top – eventually winning 4-0 to take the gold.
Liam Conroy who picked up a bronze after losing his semi-final bout to a Scottish opponent in the U-68kg junior 16-17yrs
and Barking Abbey's John Gardiner had to settle for silver in the male senior Kata.
After wins over France and Sweden to make the final, a slip a slight stumble cost him the title. He was very unlucky.
Three Ishinryu entrants – three medals.
But the day belonged to Aaron – well done!
2011 - British Championships
ANOTHER stunning performance from Ishinryu saw us take seven gold, two silver and six bronze medals at the British Championships.
And the men's team took it's first medal at the event for many years - a bronze to follow a like performance at the EKF championships.
It was among many highlights of the weekend - which also saw some disappointments.
Ishinryu once again showed its Kata force on the first day of the tournament at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
A depleted squad, but nevertheless the team showed strength in depth, claiming it's first gold in the boys and girls 10-13yrs team of
Dahni Maisuria, Devini Patel and Kira Munns-Charlton.
And then it was a one,two, three in the girls 10-13yrs kata with Kira claiming gold, and the performance of the day from 10-year-old Toni
Shering in her first outing in the age group to claim silver. Devini Patel took the bronze.
The golds continued, with Melissa Williamson taking the honours in the cadet 14-15yrs without dropping a single flag and Connor Chatfield in
the cadet male, while Kieran Nunkoo took bronze in the same category.
Aimee Sell stormed gold in the female junior 16-17yrs kata, with Katinka Ernst claiming bronze.
Navin Patel missed out on the medals in junior male 16-17yrs Kata this time. Aimee Sell then went
out in senior female Kata - but came up against our own Emma Lucraft in the semi-final and had to
settle for bronze, while Emma charged ahead for gold - claiming the title five flags to nil.
Cornelia Nae missed out on the medals.
Then came a bizarre episode in the senior male kata, sensei Jonathan Mottram appeared to slip on the last
punch in kanku-sho - but held it enough to get through to the final. With a heavily strapped foot he claimed
the title once more - taking all five flags ,while John Gardiner took bronze.
But his stumble came at a price. It transpired that a plastic bottle top had been left under the mat, which raised it
slightly and caused sensei Mottram to trip, and it led to a severe knee injury. We wish sensei Mottram a speedy recovery.
Toni Shering, Dahni Maisuria were unable to get among the medals later in the day.
Day two saw the men's team take to the floor and a changed draw sheet saw us against title holder WKU. It was a tough match with some
close calls - but we eventually lost. Disappointed, the team had to pull around for reperchage. An injury to Alex Sell's
shoulder forced him out of the line-up - with Liam Conroy drafted in Alongside Tony Smith, Aaron Swales, Alan Evans
and Steve Karwacinski. And it was Steve who stepped up to take the final honours to claim the medal - the first British men's
team medal for some years.
In the individuals, first up was Liam Conroy in the junior 16-17yrs, U-61kg category, who missed out on bronze in the reperchage due to what
I consider to be a dubious referee decision. He was penalised at the end of the bout for avoiding his opponent while he was ahead on points-
only for it to happen again in the extended minute, once again 1-0 up. The decision then went flags - but the referee went against the majority
flags and gave the decision away from Liam - even though his opponent had never scored a point throughout the bout!
I say no more. He will learn from the mistake.
Kate Karwacinski had to settle for silver - but should have taken gold in the junior female 16-17yrs U-59kg category.
But a heavy knock in her bout saw Katinka Ernst lose out in +59kg section. A huge load of controversy over wrong referring
decision in Steve Karwacinski's semi-final in junior 16-17yrs U-68kg category was eventually ironed out with a one-minute
fight off which Steve lost - but came back through to claim a well-earned bronze.
His hearing is starting to improve slightly - Kate needs to work on hers!!!!!!!
With Alex Sell out through injury, Tony Smith, Aaron Swales and Alan Evans went off in the U-75kg men's event.
Tony went out in the second round in what was a disappointing performance for him on the day. Alan showed a lack of stamina which saw
him fall out in the early rounds of the reperchage. Aaron fought consistently well throughout the rounds - improving on his team
performances, but he narrowly lost his quarter-final bout and was left to fight it out for bronze. In the reperchage final it was a close
fight - but Aaron went down 2-1 - having led and controlled the bout early on.
All in all it was a pleasing performance across the two days - with some great result.
But we always want more and the squad will work even harder to try to bring home more medals for Ishinryu.
Well done to all who competed. Ishin!
June 2011 -Austrian Junior Karate Championships
Eight Ishinryu students from Barking Abbey Ishinryu flew to Salzburg to take part in the Austrian Junior Karate Championships.
Nearly 1,100 athletes from all over Europe made this the largest Junior Championships to date.
Most of the Barking Abbey Ishinryu squad registered Friday evening in readiness for the next days competition which was for the
14yrs to -21yrs individual and team events. Having over the last 6 years seen this competition grow from 500 competitors to now
over 1,000 competitors and extend to two days,
I was quite surprised at the mixed standard this year in some of the categories as a few did not seem to be to the same
high standard as in the last few championships. Having said that, some categories did look extremely hard.
Nevertheless it's a very good tournament and having the chance to compete against other international competitors brings invaluable experience.
Girls Under 12 years Kata
Toni Shering competed in the Girls U12yrs Kata category. 10 year old Toni, another rising star from the Barking Abbey
Club, started off well winning her opening round 5 flags to 0. Toni performed Bassai-Dai over her Italian opponent, Palazzo's own
Bassai-Dai. In the 2nd round Toni faced Segurado from Portugal. Toni performed Seienchin Kata but the judges determined that her foot was
out of line on one move and disqualified her, leaving her opponents Heian Sandan to take all flags. Given the round wasn't compulsory
Kata's it was a strange decision that left one of the favourites out in the early rounds. Nonetheless, at such a young age, experiences like
these, and international competition experience, is far more valuable than medals.
Girls Under 14 years Kata
Both Kira Munns-Charlton and Devini Patel competed together on the Girls U14yrs Kata category.
Both girls are another two rising stars of Ishinryu with Kira having just been selected to represent England in
the Team Kata event in Malaysia in the forthcoming Junior World Championships.
Devini faced Austria's Astorina in her opening round as both performed Bassai-Dai against each other. Devini's was judged better as she won
the round 5 flags to 0. In her 2nd round, Devini faced Galetová from Slovakia. Devini performed Unshu Kata but her opponent performed a very
strong Tomari No Bassai Kata which took all the flags. Galetová went on to the semi-finals where she lost to her Slovakian teammate leaving
Devini out of repechage.
Kira received a 1st round bye putting her straight into the 2nd round where she faced Italy's Tassan. Kira performed Bassai-Dai Kata against
Tassan's Empi with Kira securing a 5-0 win. In the 3rd round Kara faced another Empi Kata, this time from Austria's Mierkalne. Kira performed
Annan Kata and took the decision 4 flags to 1. The 4th round semi-final pitted Kira against another very good Slovakian, Pešková. Kira
performed Unshu but Pešková's Kanku Sho proved too strong as Kira lost out 5-0. Pešková went on to the final and won leaving Kira in the
repechage final where she faced Holland's Kim Van_Es. Kira performed a strong Gojushiho and beat her opponent's Jion Kata 5-0 to secure Bronze.
Both girls gained a lot of valuable experience at this competition against some excellent competitors in the U14 year group. Both girls
were impressed by the Slovakian girls that beat them and after having their photos taken with them, they've become their new target to aspire to.
Boys Under 14 years Kata
Dahni Maisuria a consummate all-rounder, was competing in both Kata and Kumite events. Dahni started his campaign in the Boys U14yrs Kata event.
The 1st round saw Dahni face Austria's Gratzer who was an intimidating foot taller than Dahni. Gratzer performed Bassai-Dai whilst Dahni performed Empi.
An excellent performance saw Dahni win 4 flags to 1. The 2nd round saw Dahni face another Austrian opponent. Lucca Röck. Dahni performed Kanku Sho
against his opponent's Jion and a narrow 3-2 victory saw Dahni progress to the quarter-finals. The 3rd round Quarters saw Dahni face a giant of
a 13 year old, Antonio Pavan from Italy. Pavan performed an impressive Chatanyara Kushanku Kata with Dahni performing Unshu, but Dahni was
beaten 5 flags to 0. A great experience of high level Kata for Dahni who continues to improve with each tournament.
Boys Under 14 years (under 165cm) Kumite
Dahni later went on to compete in the Boys U14yrs, U165cm Kumite event. After receiving a 1st round bye, Dahni faced Gregor Dertnig from Austria.
A hard fought match saw the scores deadlocked at 0-0 even after 1 minute of extra time. The decision went to the judges to vote and unfortunately Dahni
was unlucky to lose the vote to bow out early. Unlucky.
Male Under 16 years Kata
The Male U16yrs Kata event saw Kieran Nunkoo in action. Kieran faced Schablinger from Austria in the 1st round who performed Jion against
Kieran's Bassai-Dai. The newly selected England representative in the Cadet Kata event for forthcoming Junior World Championships in Malaysia showed his
class as he won the round 5 flags to 0. The 2nd round pitted Kieran against Swiss's Weibel. Weibel performed Kanku-Dai with Kieran performing an excellent
Seienchin Kata that secured another 5-0 win. Facing Roman Lux from Germany in the 3rd round, Kieran performed Gojushiho against the German's Kanku-Dai.
Another impressive performance saw Kieran seal another 5-0 win. The 4th round saw Kieran perform Unshu against Rösch's Goju Shiho Sho, but it was Kieran
that secured another impressive 5-0 over his Swiss opponent. Now in the semi-final (pool final), Kieran finally dropped a flag to Ufimtsev from Russia as
Ufimtsev's Unsu lost out 4-1 to Kieran's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata. The final saw Kieran face pool 2 winner, Nurra from Germany. Nurra performed Seisan
with Kieran performing Suparinpei Kata. Kieran performed his Kata extremely well and secured a 4 flags to 1 win and Austrian title which puts him in a
good position for the Junior Worlds.
Female Under 18 years Kata
The Female U18yrs Kata category saw Aimee Sell in action. This was to be Aimee's first official event as a Junior having turned 16 years old
just two days earlier. Aimee started well facing Evers from Holland in the 1st round. Evers performed Kanku-Dai with Aimee performing Bassai-Dai and
winning 5 flags to 0. The 2nd round saw Aimee facing Austrian Koorbekian who performed Empi Kata against Aimee's Nipaipo Kata.
Aimee won the round with another 5-0 win. The 3rd round Aimee faced Mayerhofer from Austria. Mayerhofer chose to perform Seienchin with Aimee performing
Annan and Aimee claimed another 5-0 win. The 4th round was the semi-final (pool final) and Aimee faced Valerie Will from Switzerland.
Will is an excellent competitor, one of Switzerland's best and represented Switzerland at the European Junior Championship.
Will performed Unsu Kata whilst Aimee performed Chatanyara Kushanku and it was Chatanyara that won the round 5-0 for Aimee seeing her safely into the final.
The final was held on Aimee's mat against the other pool finalist, Ena Otkovic from Croatia. Otkovic performed Unsu with Aimee opting to perform Unshu.
Aimee did drop her first flag but won the match 4-1 to gain her 5th consecutive Austrian title.
Like Kira and Kieran, Aimee has been selected to represent England in Malaysia in the forthcoming Junior World Championships in the individual
Junior Kata event so this was a good start to her Junior career.
Male Under 18 years Kata
Competing in the Male U18yrs Kata event was Navin Patel. Navin is another one of England's top competitors having also been recently
selected to represent England in the Male Junior Kata event at the Malaysian Junior World Championships so this was a great chance to gain some
additional international experience. Navin faced Austria's Erlenwein in the 1st round and his Jion Kata was no match for Navin's Bassai-Dai Kata
as he stormed to a 5-0 win. The next round was a lot closer as Navin faced De_Boer from Holland. De_Boer performed Goju Shiho Sho Kata with Navin
narrowly sealing victory 3-2 with his Jion Kata. The 3rd round saw Navin back in business as he secured a 5-0 over Meylan from Switzerland as his
Unshu Kata out-performed his opponent's Jion. The 4th round semi-final (pool final) saw Navin uncharacteristically make a mistake as he jumped back
in his Chatanyara Kushanku Kata performance. His Danish opponent, Rohde_Skotte, also performed Chatanyara Kushanku and a faultless display put him
into the final with a 5-0. This left Navin in the repechage final going for the bronze medal. Facing Czech's Slávik, Navin performed Suparinpei Kata
with Slávik performing Goju Shiho Sho. Navin clearly justified his England selection as he secured a 4-1 victory and Austrian Bronze medal coming back in style.
Female Under 21 years
Emma Lucraft, yet another England international doing what the other Ishinryu England internationals do best, medalling.
Emma competed in the Female U21yrs Kata event having secured gold two years ago in the U18yrs. Emma faced Germany's Beinvogl in the
1st round with Beinvogl performing Jion against Emma's Annan Kata. Emma performed well winning 5 flags to 0. The 2nd round saw Emma face
Schweizer from Austria. Emma performed Bassai-Dai aginst Schweizer's Goju Shiho Sho Kata and once again secured another impressive 5-0 win.
The 3rd round saw Emma perform Suparinpei Kata against Mazzucato from Italy who performed Unshu. Emma's simply outclassed her opponent
winning 5-0 once again. A tough 4th round semi-final draw saw Emma face European U21 Bronze medallist, Liptakova, from Slovakia. Emma performed
Unshu but Liptakova's Chatanyara Kushanku was too good beating Emma 5-0. Emma was left facing Holland's Sousa in the repechage final as both girls
aimed for a podium finish. Sousa performed Unshu but it was Emma's Chatanyara Kushanku that won the match beating the 2009 Junior European runner-up,
4-1 and with that bronze medal.
Out of eight Ishinryu students, the Barking Abbey squad came away with 2 Golds and 3 Bronze medals between them and a huge bundle of experience.
2011 - Selections for the 7th WKF Junior World Championships in Malaysia
It was a very rigorous selection process for the forthcoming 7th WKF Junior World Championships taking place in Malaysia in October later this year.
There had been two previous selections over the last few months prior to this final selection held in Ripon on 12th June 2011.
The final selection consisted of selecting athletes being grouped into their perspective age groups and in pairs perform a number of different Kata
for a 6-round tournament, from compulsory right through to final free choice Kata.
Following on from the Kata requirements, the England National Coach, Jonathan Mottram, aided by assistant Ady Gray, tested the
athletes on technique, speed and balance drills.
Barking Abbey Ishinryu had six students chosen to represent England The day was long and draining for the athletes but finally culminated
in the Junior World Kata squad being announced.
Kieran Nunkoo was selected as the Male Cadet representative. Many months of hard work had paid off for the
current English National Champion as he earns his first England badge.
Navin Patel was selected as the Male Junior representative. Navin, English National runner-up, was pushed
all the way for the spot but Navin's hard work this year bore fruit as he also earned his first England badge.
Aimee Sell was selected as the Female Junior representative. Aimee, English National Champion and Female
Cadet European Silver medallist moved up from Cadet to Junior level.
Emma Lucraft was selected as the Female U21 representative. Emma has represented England at Junior, U21
and Senior level on previous occasions and is currently Senior English National Champion.
Kira Munns-Charlton and Melissa Williamson both were selected as part of a three-man Kata team.
Both girls were also selecting for the individual spot but after missing out were just as excited to be selected for
Malaysia as part of the team each collecting their first England badges too.
National Kata Coach, Jonathan Mottram, said the decision had been very hard in some of the categories but believed the
best possible squad of athletes had been selected to represent England on the World stage.
2011 - USA Open and Junior Olympics
Some great results in from Ishinryu Australia who recently attended the USA Open and USA Junior Olympics.
Both events were very good for Ishinryu, with seven competitors, three on the National Team, and the rest representing Ishinryu.
Over 2000 competitors from many countries were present. Results were as follows:
Dean Hollowood - 2 Gold and Silver
Bruce Hyland Gold +55 years
Liam Dix - Silver
Ethan Saks - 2 Bronze
April Saks - Bronze
Stephanie Williams - Bronze
Colalie Stuart 2 4ths
Ryhse Linnet who trains with Ishinryu each Wednesday - Gold and Bronze
Thanks to sensei Bruce Hyland (6th Dan) for passing on the results and photos from these events.
EKF English Championships 2011
WHAT A HAUL - Ishinryu bagged a staggering 22 medals at the EKF English Championships - with every member of the squad picking up a gong.
We once again completely dominated the kata on the first day of the tournament at Ponds Forge in Sheffield - taking eight gold,
three silver and six bronze.
Golds came in the girls 10-13yrs team, of Abbie Cook, Devini Patel and Kira Munns-Charlton, who also took a one, two, three in the
individual event- with Kira claiming gold, Devini silver and Abbie bronze.
Dahni Maisuria took a super silver in the boys 10-13yrs and then it was one, two, double three in the boys 14-15yrs - with Kieran
Nunkoo taking gold, Navin Patel silver and Chris Karwacinski and Connor Chatfield the bronze.
Aimee Sell continued her excellent form with another gold in the girls 15-15yrs.
It was then the turn of the Karwacinski twins in kata, with Steve claiming gold in the 16-17yrs and Kate the bronze
in the female 16-17yrs.
Paul McNamee then claimed a well-earned bronze in the veterans kata.
The seniors were up next and Steve Karwacinski took a bronze to add to his gold, John Gardiner missed on a place in the final and then
lost his bronze match - and it was over to sensei Jonathan Mottram to once again to reinforce his position as the best kata man in England
with a 4-1 win in the final.
Emma Lucraft then took gold with a 5-0 win the female senior Kata - a great performance throughout the day.
With no opposition for the senior men's team kata for Ishinryu, it was left to sensei Mottram, John Gardiner and Steve
Karwacinski to give the crowd a show with their performance of kanku-sho with bunkai - and pick up their gold before heading off for the
European championships in Switzerland.
A truly memorable first day!
Day two of the championships saw a fresh five-man team keen to chase the medals of Tony Smith, Alex Sell, Aaron Swales and young Steve
Karwacinski and Liam Conroy.
There was an electric atmosphere in the early rounds and some superb fighting saw Ishinryu into the semi-final.
But after tough matches we went down 3-2 to Higashi, leaving us to re-group for the fight off for bronze.
And it was three straight wins against Shindo-Kai for the medal. Our two youngest members did themselves and their association proud - as
did the whole team.
Unfortunately, injuries in the team put Steve Karwacinski out of his individual event, and Liam Conroy also had to
retire from his semi-final injured.
Aaron Swales was forced to retire from the fight of for bronze in the male U-75kg, with Tony Smith going out in the
quarter-final of the same event in unusual circumstances.
Alex Sell made the final - but didn't have enough on the day to take gold and had to settle for a silver against Alton Brown.
Emily Kelleher took bronze in the female 16-17yrs, before Kate Karwacinski lost the gold in the same age group U-59kg event after
And the girls 16-17yrs team also picked up a bronze.
The medal tally was eight gold, five silver and nine bronze - and second on the overall medal table - a fantastic achievement by all.
Sensei Donovan said: “This was a fantastic achievement by the squad.
What made it extra special was that every member of the team picked up a medal."
“It was great to see the men's team in action once more, some great fights - great to watch."
“I would like to say well done to all. This once again shows Ishinryu going from strength to strength on the competition circuit.
There's no stopping us now!
“I would also like to say thank you to the coaches Jonathan Mottram and Gavin Foster for their hard work.”
Sensei Donovan would also like to point out that Jonathan Mottram and Gavin Foster have been named as official Ishinryu squad coaches.
A great result for Ishinryu from the 38th European Karate Federation Cadet and Junior Championships and Under 21 Cup which were held in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Alex amd Aimee Sell, Kate, Steve and Chris Karwacinski, Emma Lucraft, Rebecca Birch and Conor Chatfield
were part of a team of 30 that competed as part of the National England Team.
Wonderful achievements by all with Alex reaching the quarter finals but losing 6-5 and just missing out on the bronze medal, Emma
Lucraft placing 7th overall in the female under 21 Kata with Steve and Chris doing well in the Kata events too.
But the honours go to Kate who won a bronze in the -59kgs female juniors thereby winning an European Championship medal at two consecutive
Aimee Sell became the first English female to reach a final in kata for England in over 25 years and only the second ever female to do
so since Helen Raye who represented team GB back in the mid 80's. Aimee is also the first female to medal at two consecutive
Junior Europeans Kata events ever.
Congratulations to all the Ishinryu students making Ishinryu and England proud.
October 2010 - WKF World Karate Championships
GOOD luck to Ishinryu's Sensei Jonathan Mottram and Emma Lucraft who hold the nation's hopes of picking up a medal at
the forthcoming WKF World Karate Championships.
The pair will fly out to Serbia for the event which will take place in Belgrade, from October 27-31.
Sensei Mottram has placed joint 5th in the last two World Karate Federation Championships which were held in Tempere,
Finland and more recently in Tokyo, Japan and is hoping to go one step further to get among the medals.
Emma has been previously selected to represent England at Junior level at both European and World Championships - but this is her
first outing as a senior - a huge pressure.
It is a fantastic achievement for Ishinryu to have the country's only two senior kata representatives for the championships. And we wish
Sensei Mottram, Emma and the rest of the England squad all our good wished for the championships.
September 2010 - British Championships
ISHINRYU proved once again its strength on the competition circuit by bagging 19 medals at the British Championships - including nine golds.
It was a small contingent that entered the event this time around - but once again we dominated the Kata categories.
Sensei Jonathan Mottram took goals in the men's event, claiming his 10th British crown - a superb achievement.
Also taking gold in kata were Chris Karwacinski in the 15-15yrs category, Abbie Cook in the 10-11rys group, Kieron
Numkoo in the 12-13yrs event and Aimee Sell in the girls 14-15yrs category.
The pair's team kata 10-13yrs was won by Abbie Cook and Kira Mumms-Charlton and then Abbie took an amazing third gold at
her first British Championships in team kata alongside Kira and Devini Patel.
Hunisha Patel also claimed gold in the women's 18-20yrs category.
Steve Karwacinski took silver in the kata, while it was bronze for Connor Chatfield, the boys pairs kata of Kieron Numkoo
and Dahni Maisuria, junior team kata of Connor, Steve and his younger brother Chris.
It was also silver in the individual events for young Navin and Devini Patel.
And Chris Wilson crowned off the Kata medals with a well-earned bronze in the veterans.
In the kumite, the third Karwacinski, Kate, took gold in the 16-17yrs category.
And it was almost gold for Alex Sell and Liam Conroy who had hard-fought finals too and missed out on the top prize by the
narrowest of margins in the senior male U-75kg and open weight junior 16-17rys respectively.
Steve Karwacinski also had to settle for silver - losing out in the final of the junior 16-17yrs heavyweights.
Aaron Swales just missed out the medals in the open weight also. In the U-75kg he went out in the second round, but put in a much
better performance in open weight and went out in a semi-final to Scotland's Callum Robb.
In the fight off for bronze he met Rory Daniels who proved too strong, but it was a better performance all round from Aaron after recent
Sensei Donovan said: "Another fantastic set of results and a big congratulations to the competitors and all involved.
"We just keep going from strength to strength and once again proved we can compete at the highest level in all disciplines."
Thanks also to coaches sensei Jonathan Mottram and sensei Gavin Foster and all the parents and families for their support.
Thanks to Karate Scotland for permission to use these images.
July 2010 - BKF International Open Championships
Travelling all the way from Australia to Glasgow Dean "TANK" Hollowood once again proved himself as one of Ishinryu's finest athletes -
he certainly must be the fittest, as National Coach Mark Golding said "he has a tank full of energy"
At the British Karate International in Glasgow Dean won Gold in the Cadet Open' division and was placed third in his weight division.
Seen here with Sensei Bruce Hyland (6th Dan) and Peter Hollowood (3rd Dan).
June 2010 - Corfu -Greece WKF Youth World Cup
The World Karate Federation presented the Youth Camp and World Cup event for the 3rd year in 2010 on the island of Corfu in Greece.
Ishinryu was represented by Australian competitor Dean "TANK" Hollowood who was awarded second place in Kumite.
June 2010 - Junior Austrian Open (Salzburg)
Aimee Sell travelled to the Junior Austrian Open in Salzburg hoping to retain her title and didn't disappoint. 1,000 entries from
22 countries this was to be another high standard European event. This was Aimee's 5th time competing in Austria and again there was a large
number of entries in the Kata events. In the female 14-15 years there was just under 60 individual entries including bronze European medallist Laura
de Frenza from Italy.
Aimee went through 6 rounds, in the first round she had a bye and the following rounds saw Aimee perform the following Katas:
Ni pi po 5-0
Completing with Chatanyara Kushanku 5-0 with Gold going to Aimee.
It was also good to see many EKF England 'A' squad fighters there too, with some outstanding performances from them and nearly all
obtaining a place on the podium. For further info on results www.Austrian-open.info
April 2010 - EKF English National Championships
A STUNNING performance by our Ishinryu athletes saw us claim seven gold, nine silver and three bronze medals at the EKF English National Championships.
There was an amazing spirit from the squad throughout the tournament
Our kata competitors set the tone for the event with Sensei Jonathan Mottram once again proving why he’s the nation’s best by
beating his own student, John Gardiner in the final. And it was a 1,2,3 for Ishinryu - with Steve Karwacinski taking the bronze
in the repechage.
Emma Lucraft had to settle for silver in both the junior and senior women’s Kata.
Both Aimee Sell and Rebecca Birch made the final of the cadet female Kata - with Aimee coming out on top, but it was a close call.
The girls stepped up again along with Kate Karwacinski and took gold in the junior female team Kata.
Steve Karwacinski took his second Kata medal with a silver in the junior male event.
And it was Karwacinski No3, Chris, who took gold in the male cadet Kata with an excellent performance.
Sensei Mottram led John Gardiner and Gareth Haines to victory in the senior male team kata, over
the Wilson brothers, Mike and Chris, and Alan Evans in the final for an Ishinryu gold and silver. Young Dahni
Maisuria took silver in a brave performance in the 10-13yrs Kata.
In the Kumite, a superb performance from Liam Conroy saw him take gold in the male cadet U-57kg category,
beating European medallist Jacob Kiernan in a hard-fought final.
Joe Wright took bronze in the same event, while Connor Chatfield missed out on the medals in a much-improved performance.
It was gold too for Melissa Williams in the 12-13yrs girl Kumite.
And Dania Enright, Grace Terry and Caitlin Warson took silver in the girls U-9yrs team category.
Kate Karwacinski was expected to take gold in the junior female U-59kg category - but had to settle for silver.
Kate was penalised due to “excessive” contact, but a change in WKF guidelines in the future could see to a relaxing on the rules on face contact.
Watch this space!
Aaron Swales, Gareth Haines, and Alan Evans all missed out on the medals in the senior male U-75kg category.
But they were determined to make up for their disappointment in the team Kumite. With one down through injury at the start of the day,
young Steve Karwacinski was drafted into the line-up. But the team took another blow when Michael Day found himself out
of the tournament after disputing a refereeing decision as he fought off for bronze in the senior male heavyweight. With an apologetic
Michael on the sidelines, and just four of the five-man line up going into the first round, the team were up against it - but showed some
Ishinryu team spirit to blast though to the semi-finals.
The team came up against an experienced and talented WKU squad - and were left to fight it out in the repechage. With their opponents
retiring, Ishinryu claimed a well-earned bronze - crowning off a memorable weekend.
Mike and Chris Wilson also passed their national Kumite judges exam after impressing with consistent decisions throughout the
tournament - a great plus for the association.
A delighted sensei Donovan said: “This was another amazing performance.
The squad is going from strength to strength. It’s great to see Ishinryu claiming medals across all disciplines which shows the
quality in our karate as a whole. I would like to say well done to all our athletes and a thank you to everyone involved with the squad.
It was a memorable performance.
There's no stopping us now!
Sensei Jonathan Mottram: senior male kata
Jonathan Mottram, John Gardiner and Gareth Haines: senior male team kata
Liam Conroy: male cadet 14-15yrs U-57kg
Chris Karwacinski: male cadet 14-15yrs kata
Aimee Sell: Female cadet 14-15yrs kata
Aimee Sell, Kate Karwacinski, Rebecca Birch: junior female team kata
Melissa Williamson: girls 12-13yrs kumite
Emma Lucraft: Junior female 16-17yrs Kata
Emma Lucraft: Senior female Kata
Alan Evans, Senior male team Kata
John Gardiner: Senior male Kata
Kate Karwacinski: Junior female 17-17rys Kumite
Rebecca Birch: Female cadet 14-15rys Kata
Dania Enright, Grace Terry and Caitlin Watson: Girls team Kumite U-9yrs
Dahni Maisuria: Boys 10-13yrs Kata.
Steve Karwacinski: male junior Kata
Steve Karwacinski: Senior male Kata
Gareth Hains, Aaron Swales, Steve Karwacinski, Alan Evans: Senior male team Kumite
Joe Wright: Male cadet 15-15yrs U-57kg Kumite
April 2010 - Australian Open Results
Best ever results at the 2010 Australian Open by team Ishinryu.
Our programme over the past two years has improved everybody’s performance including coaches.
Let me take the opportunity to thank Stuart, Peter, Paul and all the Dojo Sensei’s for getting behind the Ishinryu performance program.
Peter, Stuart and myself coached athletes from different styles/Dojos. This is a great honour and privilege that their instructors have faith
and trust in our ability.
To the parents of Ishinryu thanks for supporting us, all your children, win or lose, put in a fantastic performance and you should be proud.
TEAM ISHINRYU RESULTS
Dean “TANK” Hollowood 2 - Gold - Bronze.
Selected for 3rd World Youth Cup/Greece BKF International/Glasgow Liam Dix 2 - Gold Attending BKF/Glasgow and Ticky Donovan Summer Course/London Shuan Donnet - Gold - Bronze Andrew Grace - Gold
KATA CHAMPION our first Aussie Open KATA Champion EVER!
April Saks - 2 Silver
Jessica Burrows Silver - Bronze
Jonathan Carter - Silver
Mason Riley - Silver
Kate Golaszewski - Bronze
Coralie Stuart - Bronze
WELL DONE TO THESE OTHER ATHLETES; Zac Dean - Ethan Saks - Brittany
Report from Bruce Hyland, 6th Dan
April 2010 - 11th Italian Open Championships
Team karwacinski the Sells, Emma Lucraft. Conor chatfield and Jon Mottram competed at the 11th Italian Open championships.
The event was like a world championships, with teams competing from Australia, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Germany, USA, and
Slovakia to name but a few. An extremely well organised event with 10 tatamis, five judges/referees on every mat plus table officials.
The Italians really know how to put on a true international event. The smooth organisation and the sheer number of competitors in each event
was amazing. In the men's Kata 120 competitors the same with the female senior Kata event too. This required four pools of competitors alone,
if you manage to medal here it proves how difficult an event it was.
Even if a competitor just missed out on a bronze medal it's definitely worth going through 5-6 Rounds for the experience alone.
It seemed all officials and referees worked really well together but that's probably one reason it pulls in the best competitors around
Europe and the World and makes it the premier international event to attend!
The squad of seven Aimee Sell, Kate, Steve and Chris karwacinski, Jon Mottram, Emma Lucraft and Conor Chatfield
(plus Alex Sell of Suharikai) came away with two golds, Aimee Sell cadet Kata champion and Kate Karwacinski -59 kgs
Kumite champion. Four 5th places in the kata, two 7th places as well all bode well for the Barking Abbey Ishinryu team.
March 2010 - Dutch Open Results
Aaron Swales, Gareth Hains, Jon Mottram, Emma Lucraft and Sam Cannon all attended the Dutch Open on the weekend of 13-14 March.
First up was Sam Cannon. Sam performed Unshu but the judges decision was split with Sam losing 3-2 in the first round.
Emma Lucraft was up next with Unshu winning 4-1 against her Czech opponent.
The following round saw her perform Annan, winning 3-2 against Germany.
The third round saw Emma against Portugal. Emma performed Gojushiho-sho. However, Portugal won 4-1.
Unfortunately Portugal lost to the winner of the Dutch open 2009 - so repechage for Emma.
Jon Mottram performed Kanku-Dai against Luxemburg and won 4-1.
Jon then performed against Germany winning 5-0.
The third round saw jon won 5-0 against Belgium In round 4 Jon won with Unsu 5-0 against Slovakia.
The fifth round against another Slovak saw Jon win convincingly 5-0 with Chatanyara and a place in the final -
what a roller-coaster ride it had been. The finals were held in the evening on a central stage. Jon performed against Finland
and won 4-1 to claim gold and become Dutch Open champion.
Aaron and Gareth both fought extremely well but it wasn't to be their day this time around.
However it was a good warm-up for Aaron and Jon who are both off to the senior Europeans in a couple of weeks.
Some great performances from Ishinryu - well done to all and keep up the good work.
February 2010 - Aaron Swales secures European Place
GREECE is the word for East Durham Ishinryu's Aaron Swales after securing his place on the plane for the European Championships.
Aaron, 22, impressed England squad coaches at a final selection in North Yorkshire and was given the news that he's heading to Athens in May.
He will be part of the men's fighting team that will con the medals. He said: “I'm just thrilled, I've been working really hard for this
and it's paid off. The coaching I'm getting now is really working for me and I just hope I can repay that now by getting among the medals.”
Second Dan Aaron has picked up a string of successes in the last 12 months after stepping up from the junior ranks.
He secured his place on the England senior A squad in December, and has improved even more in the early part of this year.
Aaron's sensei, Gavin Foster,3rd Dan, and former England international, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Aaron,
but he can't rest on his laurels. He's got about 10 weeks now before the tournament and his training will be intense.” Aaron faces several
international warm-up matches before the Europeans, which start on May 8, the first of which is the Dutch International Open in Rotterdam on March 13.
February 2010 - Swiss International Open (Zurich)
Emma Lucraft and Aimee Sell competed in the 2nd Swiss International Open in Zurich.
This competition, although only in it's second year, attracted over 1,300 competitors from all over Europe and countries outside Europe too.
22 countries attended including France, Colombia, Italy, and Bosnia. Emma had 5 Rounds and Aimee 6 Rounds.
Both girls did extremely well with both winning gold 5-0 in their respective finals. Well done to the organisers from the Swiss Karate Federation
for a superb international event.
October 2009 - course cash boost for England hopefuls
Five World Junior Championship medal hopefuls were given a fantastic boost after proceeds of the Ishinryu one-day open course were donated for the
trip to Morocco.
Sensei Ticky Donovan 9th Dan O.B.E. made the generous gesture - which was greeted with cheers and applause from the 90 people who
attended the superb event.
And the coffers were boosted even further when Ishinryu 3rd Dan Tony Spinks announced his firm Merritt Rail Ltd was adding a
further £250 to the fund.
Sensei Donovan said: “Financially, these are difficult times and it is a lot of money to expect families to fork out in order that these youngsters can
represent their country.
The EKF are in the process of trying to secure financial backing for the future, but in the meantime, we need to support our athletes as best we can.
“As an association, it a massive achievement to have five members of the England squad for the world championships from Ishinryu.
“We had a fantastic course, it was a great atmosphere and I was only too happy to help these young people to achieve their dreams.
“I would personally like to thank Tony Spinks for his contribution.
Hopefully, knowing that they have the full backing of everyone in their association will give the athletes an extra boost when they get
on the mat and bring back some medals. No pressure!”
The junior world championships will take place in Rabat, Morocco, from November 12 to 15.
Emma Lucraft will represent England in the junior female Kata and the team event alongside Aimee Sell -
who also goes in the cadet individual.
Chris Karwacinski takes his place in the team Kata, while his sister, Kate, fights in the U-59kg junior female category.
And Gareth Hains holds our hopes in the U-21, U-78kg Kumite event. We wish them all the very best of luck.
The gesture by sensei Donovan rounded off an excellent day at the course which saw guest appearances from some old faces,
including former champions Frank Lee-Sang and Dianne Reilly.
October 2009 - Copenhagen Open Championships
Results now in from this event held on the 3rd and 4th October. Ishinryu won the following awards for Kata:
Jonathan Mottram - Gold Emma Lucraft - Gold Aimee Sell -Bronze
Aimee also won Silver at the Welsh Open.
September 2009 - British Championships Edinburgh
Another fantastic result for Ishinryu at the 2009 British Championships in Edinburgh.
A team of just 16 made the trip - but they returned triumphant with a haul of 11 medals, including three gold, four silver and four bronze.
The team once again showed its class in the Kata with Connor Chatfield picking up bronze in the boys 14-15yrs category.
It was a one, two, three in the girl's 14-15yrs with Rebecca Birch taking gold in a close final against Aimee Sell
and Kate Karawacinski made it through to pick up bronze.
Jonathan Mottram confirmed his place as Britain's best taking gold in the men's with an awesome performance.
Emma Lucraft had to settle for bronze in the girl's 16-17yrs - but another great performance.
John Gardner had to settle for a quarter final place in the men's Kata and Michael Wilson missed out in the veteran's kata.
But young Melissa Williamson has just turned 12 -and took silver in the girls 12-13yrs.
Melissa showed she is all-rounder by taking silver in the open weight Kumite.
As did Kate Karawacinski with silver in the girls 14-15yrs U-54kg category.
Her brother, Steve, went one better and took gold in the boys 14-15yrs U-70kg and Rachael Bramley earned a bronze in the ladies open weight.
It wasn't to be for Liam Conroy who was retired by the doctor 6-2 up in the fight off for bronze and Aaron Swales was disappointed
after going out in the quarter-final of the men's U-75kg.
It was quarter finals for Michael Day who made his first return to the British Championships for the first time after making his comeback.
It was a great performance from Michael.
It wasn't to be also for Chris Karawacinski the younger of the three siblings who missed out in Kata and Kumite and 10-year-old
Samual Parle who did the same.
But it was a fantastic effort from them and all the Ishinryu squad. They did themselves and Ishinryu proud.
World Karate Championships in Morocco (Cadet Junior)
The following Ishinryu competitors have been selected for the World Karate Championships to be held in
Morocco later this year:
Aimee Sell (Female Cadet Kata)
Emma Lucraft (Female Junior Kata)
Chris Karwacinski (Male Team Kata)
Gareth Hains (Male Kumite under 21 under 78kg)
Kate Karwacinski (Female Junior Kumite under 59kg)
June 2009 - Austrian Junior Open
Twenty countries participated in this event in Saltzburg including the Czech Republic, France Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, the USA, and Germany.
There were 938 competition entries with 121 clubs represented.
Included was a team from Ishinryu in the UK who returned with three Gold medals.
Samantha Cannon beat Germany to Gold in the under 21 Kata event.
Emma Lucraft beat Italy to Gold in the under 18's event, while
Aimee Sell also beat Italy to Gold in the 16s and under Kata event.
April 2009 - Scottish Open
Congratulations to Liam Conroy after he picked up bronze at the Scottish Open in Edinburgh on April 6 in the Male Kumite 14-15yrs category
U-52kg. It followed his success at the AMA International Open where he took Gold.
April 2009 - Italian Open Golden League
Emma Lucraft wins Gold in Kata
Aimee Sell wins Bronze in Kata
Seen here with coach Jonathan Mottram
March 2009 - Dutch Open in Rotterdam
Emma Lucraft wins award
March 2009 - English Championships, Sheffield
"Well done everybody. And a special thanks to the Ishinryu coaches Eddie Gillespie, Jonathan Mottram and Gavin Foster" (Ticky Donovan O.B.E.)
Overall result was:
GOLD Aimee Sell 12-13 years KATA Aimee Sell 14-15 years KATA Mike Wilson veterans KATA Steve Karwacinski 14-15 years KUMITE Emily Kelleher 14-15 years KUMITE Rebecca Birch, Aimee Sell, Emily Kelleher Junior Team KATA Emma Lucraft, Nicole Taylor, Kate karwacinski Senior Female Team KATA
SILVER Gareth Hains mens KATA Emily Kelleher 14-15 years KATA Rachel Bramley Womens KATA Mark Handsford, Steve Karwacinski, Chris Karwacinski Junior Team KATA Mike Wilson veterans KUMITE Kate Karwacinski 14-15 years KUMITE Dahmi Maisuria 9 years and under KATA
BRONZE Aaron Swales, Mark allembey, Alan Evans, Gareth Hains, Mithel Scotcher Men's Team KUMITE Rachel Bramley, Sarah Styles, Samantha Cannon Womens Team KATA Lauren Taylor, Rebecca Birch, Tanya Lampreia 10-13 years Team KUMITE Mark Handsford 14-15 years KUMITE Chris Wilson veterans KATA Sarah Styles veterans KATA Emma Lucraft 15-17 years KATA Rebecca Birch 12-13 years KATA Jonathan Mottram senior men's KATA Chis Wilson, Mike Wilson, Alan Evans Men's team KATA