Although most people never start karate wanting to get into competition, tournaments can certainly be a lot of fun and a great way to put your skills to the test and develop mental and emotional strength under pressure. With just 8 days to go until our sign on day, we want to share a little bit about the tournament experience.
At Sunshine Coast Karate, we have been privileged to help students perform competitively at state, national and international levels. The competitions that we participate in follow the ideals that O Sensei pursued with his strong fighting spirit. Although he often put his own skills to the test in kakedameshi (field combat) and he had the scars to prove it, as a teacher he realised that it wasn’t realistic to expect all of his students to do this and in turn became an advocate for bogu kumite (fighting with protective equipment).
In practicing and competing kumite in this way, we develop a greater sense of commitment because you have to make contact, but we do it in a safe way. Let’s face it, in the modern world, most of us need to get up and go to school or work the next day, and if you fight like O Sensei did without all of the protective equipment, there are going to be a lot of injuries.
Every week during the tournament season we run tournament squad training for those who are keen on pursuing a tournament career. Right now, we’re preparing for our first tournament of the year which is to be held on the Sunshine Coast, Sunday, 18th March. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the action, and for members, entry form is out now: Sunshine Coast Tournament entry form (Sun, 18 March 2018).
As I mentioned earlier, we don’t just participate in local tournaments, last year we took a team of members from the Sunshine Coast to compete at the Soke Cup, International Chito-Ryu Karate Championships. Although it was a relatively small team, of just 11 competitors, we came away with some great results, including: 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals and 2 overall tournament champions in their respective divisions. For full details read the original blog post.
And here are a few video clips of our Sunshine Coast representatives from the 2017 International Chito-Ryu Soke Cup for you to enjoy too.
Sami Phillips (aged 12 yrs), competing for the first time internationally. A video of her individual kata performance. No placing this time, but still a great performance.
Sensei Martin Phillips, overall tournament champion in the men’s black belt division. Final round kata performance, winning the gold medal.
Sensei Sandra Phillips. Ladies Black Belt, Kumite Champion. This is her final round match, going through the entire tournament without any points being scored on her by any other opponent in either individual or team kumite.
Jack Graham, overall tournament champion in the Jr A (19-20 yrs), black belt division. This was Jack’s 2nd Soke Cup.
Of course as a new student, tournaments are probably the very last thing on your mind, but it’s definitely worth knowing that there are plenty of opportunities to go down this path if it becomes your passion.
We are getting very excited now as we are just over one week away from our 2018 Sign on Day. Stay up to date as we continue our Sign on Day Countdown via our SCK Facebook Page.
We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.