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WUKF Senior Championships Portugal 2010
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The Karate England National team came back from Santarem Portugal with 1 Gold 2 Silvers and 10 bronze , a grand total of 13 medals. Its been many a year since an English Karate team has been that successful at an International event such as this.

Being a Senior and Veterans Championships the squad consisted of 20 athletes , 3 coaches and 3 officials with a fairly even split of seniors and veterans.

The three day event was hosted by the Amicale Karate Federation of Portugal with Individual Kata , Veterans and team rotation on the Friday , Team Kata and team kumite and Individual kumite on the Saturday and finals on the Sunday.

With 23 countries represented the competition was fierce despite it still being the Easter break for most people.

In the veterans Dean Tilley was hoping to go better than his bronze in last years worlds but went out first round to a French fighter on a split decision at the end of time. Les Carrigan-Smith competing for the first time abroad did remarkably well in taking a bronze in the male veterans C class (over 45 years).

Lisa Lethbridge won a brace of medals winning silver in the ladies open kumite (over 35 years) as well as a bronze in the ladies veterans shito ryu kata. Della Tudisci also took a bronze in her female kumite event as did Rob Ward in the male veterans B class.

Sam Lewis took a bronze in his male veterans section and won a second bronze with brother Kevin and club Instructor Dave Brashaw in the male team kata Wado Ryu section.

The best sight of the first day was seeing Dave Brashaw getting up on the podium and being awarded his Gold medal for male veterans Wado Ryu kata. Congratulations Dave !!!

The last event of the Friday was the team rotation , our ladies team went out in the first round but our mens team of Dan Cuthbert , Leon Martin , Jason Marquis and John Anderson stormed right through the rounds until they came up against the Romanian s. To put matters in perspective the team rotation is a new experience for English fighters. It’s a six minute tag team event during which team coaches can change fighters at will creating a true tactical team event . Usually these are relatively high scoring matches but the England v Romanian semi final went an amazing 3 minutes without a point being scored by any of the six competitors. Eventually the greater experience of the Romanian team came through and England had to settle for a bronze , but what a step up from their first round exit in last years World Champs.

On the Saturday , the individual events saw England take three medals . First Dan Cuthbert in the Male Under 75k , followed by Barry Battson in the male under 70k and finally Lindsey Turnbull made Sunday s final in the female under 55k.

In the mens Shubo sanbon team event we saw Dan Cuthbert , leon Martin ,Barry Battson and John Anderson drawn against the host nation Portugal in the first round. John was out first and scored a 6-2 victory including a brilliant back kick which put his opponent on the floor. Barry struggled with his match eventually losing 3-6 leaving it to Dan Cuthbert to try and win the last match which he did , a very close 6-4

The team battled on until they met Romania in the semi finals and having lost John to an injured ankle in the previous round Leon lost the first fight 6-3 and Barry the second 6-4 meaning the team had another bronze but with the feeling that next year things could be different.

On the Sunday our only finalist Lindsey was a bag of nerves and never really got out of the blocks against her Serbian opponent , a silver this time but a promising start to her International career.

Squad Coaches Abdu Shaher , Ian Cuthbert and Julia Heenan were pleased with the way the squad performed and extremely impressed with the camaraderie that sprung up amongst the team members.

The squad was selected on merit by the various member groups of Karate England using our new Ranking lists and wherever possible each athlete was coached by a familiar face.

Abdu Shaher and Ian Cuthbert would like to congratulate all the competitors own club & association coaches for their dedication and hard work in preparing all the athletes so well for these championships. These results are a tribute to that hard work and ability of those coaches, Abdu & Ian recognise the fantastic contribution made by these coaches and will be writing to them individually to thank them for a job well done.

Roll on Brazil and this year's Under 21 Worlds.