ANNUAL NEW YEAR COURSE & PRESENTATIONS On Sunday 8th January Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai held it's annual New Year Training Course and Presentation of Merit Awards at the Budo Centre, Mill Lane, Barnstaple. Well over fifty members attended, mostly Brown and Black belts. Merit Awards were presented to James Bolton 2nd Dan from Bideford, Mark Vallei 1st Dan from Exeter and Chelsea Stapleton 1st Kyu from Torrington. Many congratulations to all three members.
ANNUAL WINTER KYU GRADING EXAMINATIONS Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai held it's annual Winter Kyu Grading examinations at the Budo Centre, Mill Lane, Barnstaple, Devon on Sunday 11th December 2016. The following members were successful in being promoted:
Promoted to 10th Kyu: A.Challacombe, T.Bryant, H.Prole, F.Gooding, L.Gooding, T.Gooding, A.Hawkins, H.Hunkin & A.Hunkin. Promoted to 9th Kyu: P.Knott. Promoted to 7th Kyu: H.Colverson, J.Copp & E.Ovey. Promoted to 5th Kyu: M.Ovey & J.Issac. Promoted to 4th Kyu: J.McKnight & K.Beer. Promoted to 3rd Kyu: B.Lambert, S.Welsh, C.Stamp & N.Horrell. Promoted to 2nd Kyu: S.Copp & S.McPake. Promoted to 1st Kyu: D.Bailey, C.Stapleton, D.Grundy, B.Smith & J.McPake.
TOURNAMENT SUCCESS! Five members of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai recently competed at the regions biggest All-Style WKF Tournament. Held in Weston-Super-Mare and organized by the Western Karate Union Craig Hill 2nd Dan, Chris Grundy 2nd Dan, Chelsea Stapleton 1st Kyu, Daisy Grundy 1st Kyu and Kieran Beer 4th Kyu came away with an impressive seven medals between them.
JAPANESE MARTIAL ART COUNCIL The 2016 annual training course for the Japanese Martial Art Council course in traditional Japanese Karate-Do was held in Birmingham on Sunday 9th October. The instructors for the course were Sensei K.Tomiyama 8th Dan Shito-Ryu and Sensei Peter Hill 7th Dan Wado-Ryu. The course was hosted by Sensei Riaz Ahmed 4th Dan and supported by Sensei Roger Vickerman 6th Dan and Sensei Len Jay 6th Dan, all members of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy.
JAPAN 2016 In July over twenty members of our group recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan as part of an overall group representing the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy. After many months of extra training the following Devon members were selected to compete in the All-Japan Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Championships at the world famous Tokyo Budokan. Chelsea Stapleton 2nd Kyu aged 14 from Torrington, Dillon Chalmers 1st Kyu aged 17 from Bideford and Charley Prole 1st Dan aged 17 from Exmoor all competed well in their individual events, but unfortunately went out in either the first or second round. It was their first taste of competition at this level and the experience of competing in Japan should help them in the future. Craig Hill 2nd Dan aged 25 from Torrington was competing in the senior individual Kata event. As a cadet aged 17 he made the All-Japan final at the Budokan. Now as a senior he had a harder task ahead of him. In the early round he went through comfortably and then had to face a much respected and experienced opponent in the quarter finals. It was a very close decision with Craig taking his Japanese opponent to the wire, but unfortunately losing 3 - 2 on a split decision.
The final competitor from our group was James Bolton 2nd Dan aged 23 from Bideford and as part of the three man Academy team fought brilliantly and bravely. James and his team mates Joe Bale and Ben Welsh made it all the way to the semi-finals, unfortunately though losing in the semi-final to Nichi Dai. As part of the squad, BKF official Matthew Soanes 4th Dan from Torrington and EKF official Andy Kilby 3rd Dan from Barnstaple officiated throughout the qualifying rounds. Impressing the tournament officials, they were then asked to officiate the final's as well.
To round off a very memorable experience Sensei Arthur Meek 7th Dan and Sensei Peter Hill 7th Dan were asked by Sensei H.Otsuka III, the Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do to be part of the six person demonstration team from Wado-Ryu Karate-Do's main dojo in Tokyo. Their demonstration of Kihon Gumite was well received by all present.