Officially founded in Autumn 2018, The Black Scorpion Karate Tournament Squad and the team have been working extremely hard in their regular classes in addition to attending extra monthly squad training.
On the 27th January, our tournament team had its first official outing and participated in the Kenshin Karate Organisation (KKO) Liverpool Open Championships.
The event itself was well organised and brought together clubs from all over the UK. All had a busy yet tiring day. Everybody that represented the club, including the students, parents and instructors made us very proud indeed!
An extra big thank you must go to Sensei Amanda, Sensei Martin, Sempai Charlotte and Jamie and Hannah who supported the squad on the day.
We did not set out on this journey expecting to achieve medals on our first outing, but on the day we left with the following placings;
Alex Strettle, Taylor Doran and Harvey Cooper – 3rd Place team Kumite
Poppy Sefton, Millie Greenhalgh, Lucy Aitken and Francesca Laven – 3rd Place team Kumite
Lucy Aiken – 3rd place individual Kumite and 3rd place individual kumite in the next category
As proud as we are with the medals that you brought back down the M58, we are even more proud of the fact that you all gave it a go! You went out there and tried, and that is all that we could ever ask for from the Black Scorpion Family.
In addition to the whole squad event in Liverpool, some members went on to compete at the FEKO international, and the AMA international competition’s in Sheffield. Charlotte Tickle and Francesca Laven entered the FEKO international, with Francesca progressing into the finals. Both worked incredibly hard and we are incredibly proud of them for stepping out there and giving it their best shot. Francesca attended the AMA international the following weekend alongside Millie Greenhalgh, Ava McCann, Esme McCann, Joe Fletcher, Poppy Sefton, Olivia Sefton, Aidan Berry and Pam Start. Joe made it into the semi-finals and Francesca and Pam made it to the finals. All of the squad, coaches and supporters were an absolute credit to the club, and we are fantastically proud of every one of them.
Our very own Sensei Amanda went to the Malta International Open to support her daughter and went and won a Bronze medal herself for the ‘individual veterans kata’ category at the 2019 event. Congratulations Sensei Amanda!
What a FANTASTIC start to 2019!
If you want to join the squad to enter competitions or merely to get some intensive tournament training, please speak to your class instructor.