York Karate squad travels to Barnsley for the Yorkshire Open

The York Karate squad competed for the first time in 2020 at the Barnsley Metrodome Arena in the Yorkshire Open. It has been two months since the squad last competed and so it was a welcome return to action for everyone.

Harry Hardcastle won gold in the Individual kumite category

It was a very busy competition with a good number of entries across the board. There were not going to be any easy medals today. The day started with team kata and our new team performed very well. They were against a very strong team in the 1st round but there is plenty to be positive about. Following the team kata, it was time for the pairs kata. Congratulations to Isobel and Sam on claiming bronze medal.

Sam Watson and Isobel McGowan win bronze in pairs kata

Following pairs kata, it was time for the individual kata. There were some great performances throughout the squad but congratulations to Anya on winning bronze medal, losing out in the semi-final to the gold medalist. She gave the girl a good run for her money though and the decision was very tight. A great start to 2020 for Anya!

Anya Holme-Ellerker winning bronze in kata

The squad stepped up a gear in the kumite with many squad members winning their first round matches. Maurice and Harrison had great runs pushing through several rounds to reach the quarter-finals. Kate also just missed out on a medal in the quarter-finals. Anya followed her success in kata by going on a great run in her kumite and securing a bronze medal. However, it was the squad captain who showed the rest of the squad how to do it by winning gold. It was, at times, very close with several matches going right down to the last few seconds, but Harry came through in the end and was the deserving Yorkshire Champion.

Anya Holmes-Ellerker wining bronze in kumite

A 'mixed bag' is probably how I would describe to overall performance on the day. There is no doubt that Harry and Anya both performed magnificently and have hopefully inspired the rest of the squad going forward. Others, however, struggled on the day and found the standard of competition to be very high. The one thing I can't fault, from all of the squad, was there determination and effort.

The squad will next compete at the EKF kyu grade championships on the 22nd February.

For all results and rankings, please click here.