Congratulations and Well Done to you all! “omedetto gozaimasu, yoku dekimashita!”
The 2022 Asato Dojo Kodomo Tachi no Shinen Taikai is complete and we want to congratulate every single participant for contributing. We had over 70 entries from Japan, the USA, Ireland, the UK, Poland, Australia and Germany across all categories and your energy and skills were very impressive. We finally selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place performances in each category and also singled out an additional few for recognition as Sensei Special Choices. The Video Highlights are below featuring every single entry.
1: 7 years and under (All Grades)
1st- Hesandu Hiruneth Senanayake (Shorin-Ryu Kyudokan Higa-te, Australia)
2nd-Honoka Taira (Asato Dojo, Okinawa)
3rd-Kaneru Nadoyama (Asato Dojo, Okinawa)
2: 8 years – 11 years (unranked plus 10th kyu -4th kyu)
1st-Souichiro Shimoji (Asato Dojo, Okinawa)
2nd-Dorota Badzio (Puławska Akademia Karate Tradycyjnego, Polska)
3rd-Kai Miyazato (Asato Dojo, Okinawa)
3: 8-11 years (3rd kyu – 1st kyu)
1st-Roxy Brett (Uechi Ryu Kenyukai Coolum Beach, Australia)
1st-Tom Smithson (Cummings Karate Dojo, Australia)
2nd-Manelisi Sibanda (Shorin Martial Arts Bristol, United Kingdom)
3rd-Jaden Catbagan (Cummings Karate Dojo, Australia)
4: 12-16 years (unranked plus 10th – 4th kyu)
1st-Marcus Castasus (Shorin Martial Arts Bristol, United Kingdom)
2nd-Andrea Castasus (Shorin Martial Arts Bristol, United Kingdom)
3rd-Noah Tovey (Shorin Martial Arts Bristol, United Kingdom)
5: 12-16 years (3rd kyu – 1st kyu)
1st-Isabella Gagliardi (Cummings Karate Dojo, Australia)
2nd-Owen Patten (White Tiger Martial Arts, Ireland)
3rd-Naouras Alrazouk (Viersen Germany)
6: All Ages Shodan/ shodan ho and above
1st-Genki Umezawa (Myobukan Yomitan, Okinawa)
2nd-Taisei Kobashigawa (Myobukan Yomitan, Okinawa)
3rd-Connor O’Brien (Kensho Karate, United States of America)
Special Sensei Choice Awards:
We have selected three children who we felt deserved a special mention for showing us they are really embracing the values of Okinawan Karate,
1-Jake Duffy Saive (White Tiger, Ireland)継続は力なり ‘Keizoku wa Chikara Nari’ – Continuous practice begets strength
2-Timothy Font II (Franz Karate, USA)温故知新 ‘Onko Chiishin’ – Study the past to gain new insight
3-William Whitfield (Kodokan Eastbourne Karate Dojo, England)究道無限 ‘Kyudo Mugen’ – The path of study never ends
We will be sending links to participation certificates by email to everyone who entered in the next few days so please check your inboxes. In addition we will be posting printed and signed paper certificates to all 1st,2nd & 3rd place winners. These may take a week or two to arrive so please be patient for those.
As always in competitions it is hard to pick the best amongst many very good entries. Arakaki Sensei set the following standards in place for assessing the level of each kata performance. These are based on the way kata performance is traditionally assessed here in Okinawa and therefore may vary from other competition rules and guidelines, but we hope you find this helpful in improving your kata performance in the future.
- “Shisei”/ Posture, Stance – execution of correct stances and body posture including good weight distribution and transitions
- “Irioku”/ Power – generation of power and application of power in the correct positions in the kata (i.e. use of “kyojyaku” or power and softness, together during the kata)
- “Metsuke”/ Eyeline – correct position and direction of gaze, (i.e. usually not looking down when moving forward, etc)
- Rhythm – delivering the kata movements with a suitable rhythm to the nature of the kata and the sequences of techniques within it. Rhythm should be used to express an understanding of the dynamics and applications of the kata sequences.
- “Waza” / Techniques – Demonstration of clear techniques within the kata (i.e. strikes executed as strikes (hard), uke executed as if receiving (soft), gripping techniques, etc.
Finally, let’s remember that while we want to excel in our competitive karate performance, it’s also just as important to enjoy our karate practice and keep striving to be just a little better everyday.
“Keisoku wa chikara nari” – consistent practice is the secret to empowerment!