Monday 9th April 2018

Karate Championships

The annual Scottish Student Karate Championships took place on 25th March 2018, with 13 Scottish institutions competing. 

The event saw a tight race for the overall winners, with Dundee, Edinburgh Shukokai and Glasgow putting in a strong challenge.  Edinburgh Shukokai successfully took the Yakoi Cup back from Dundee with 25 points, closely followed by Glasgow, with 23 points, and Dundee, with 22 points.

The event was opened by David Torrance (SNP Kirkcaldy) and Carol Lindsay who welcomed competitors, coaches and referees to Kirkcaldy, and wishes competitors luck for the day ahead.

The competition kicked off with Team Kata, where Dundee A and Dundee B reclaimed their Gold and Silver titles respectively, fending off a strong challenge from Glasgow’s new kata team.

Novice kata followed with wins for Edinburgh Shotokan (Sze Ying) and Cameron Ferguson (Dundee).  In senior kata Jordan Szafranek (Napier) retained his Gold placing whilst Denisa Gombalova (Edinburgh Shukokai) took Gold in a close match against Strathclyde’s Heather Mcilraith.

David Torrance (right-hand side in suit) with all competitors

In kumite (fighting), hard battles were fought between Edinburgh Shukokai and Glasgow in both the men and women’s team finals.  In the individual event, Edinburgh Shukokai and Glasgow grabbed more points via wins from Hirohide Onishi and Aline Gurgel in the novice category.  In the senior category, Glasgow’s Laura Zantis held on to her Gold title whilst Greg Anderson (Heriot-Watt), who also refereed the kata earlier in the day, took Gold on the men’s mat.

A new trophy was donated from Dundas of Kirkcaldy for the competition’s Top Competitor.  After deliberations, the referees awarded this to Denisa Gombalova (Edinburgh Shukokai), who had achieved Gold and Silver medals in senior kata and kumite respectively, and who had also fought outstandingly in the team kumite event.

Well done to all competitors! Thank you to Templehall Community Centre for hosting us and also to SS Karate Chair, Liz Rogers, for all her hard work.

Full results can be found here.