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Richard Benett - 10 April

4th SKDUN European Shotokan Karate Championship and 4th SKDUN Kohai European Cup, Eger, Hungary, 4-6 April 2014

Once again the pretty town of Eger was the location for the European Championship this year. A great choice as the organisation is always very efficient despite the venue being a bit on the small side. This was resolved by spreading the tournament over 3 days instead of the usual 2, day 1 for the Kohai and days 2-3 for the rest. The competition was of a high standard and to quote Sensei Putt,"the level was set by the Veterans", whose events were first and second on both days. Injuries were minor as great emphasis had been placed on control. Romania and Bulgaria brought large teams and took the lion's share of the medals as usual! The England Team was Veterans only, Rob Smith and Richard Benett. Richard's son Tom came along as Team Support. Both unlucky in Kumite but Richard got bronze in Kata with Kanku Sho. This year he managed to stick to the Kata rather than his usual blend of 2-3 in one! We adopted the Spanish contestant, Alexander Calderon, who was on his own, and at the end of the comp one of the Hungarian Team, Laszlo Banyi, very generously took us on a tour of Eger, followed by lunch with his family at home. A really nice gesture of Karate friendship and hospitality! The Sayonara Party was held at the Liget Dance Hall near the stadium and everyone had the chance to let their hair down and bust some moves. The Competition ended on a high note with everyone looking forward to Poland in October for the World Championship.

Richard Benett - 24 March 02:49

Black and Brown Belt Course and Grading at St Lukes School, 23rd March 2014.

Excellent turnout of Dan and Junior Kyu Grades today at St Lukes. Senseis Colin and Georgina came up from Plymouth with their group including 3 candidates for Black Belt grading. Kanku Club had 4 candidates, 3 Dan Grades, Senseis Mark and Rob, and Richard, and 1st Kyu Manny. A Highlight of the course was the opportunity for the 3 senior Black Belts going for 3rd Dan to demonstrate their detailed knowledge of the finer points of Karate technique by giving a 20 minute teaching session each. Senseis Gery and Colin put everyone through their paces in Kihon and Kata. All candidates for grading passed, which is quite a feat! Congratulations to All..... Osu! - with Graham Adcock and 4 others.

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