Gold for Sophie
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Sophie Powell — No comments
Last Saturday, I competed in the annual Shukokai Karate Federation (SKF) HQ Open Championships in Oldbury, West Midlands. The competition saw karateka from across the Country competing in Kata, Impact and Kumite events both individually and in teams.
I competed in three events and was really pleased to come away with some more medals, including a gold in the main Ladies Impact event! This event is exclusive to this particular SKF competition and is a test of strength, form and variation of kicking and punching techniques. This win also marked my first individual title since returning to competitive karate a few years ago, so it was a particularly exciting achievement.
I also won a bronze medal in the Ladies Openweight Kumite (Fighting), which was run as a “super league” event, meaning all competitors fought each other. Finally, I made it to the semi-finals in the Individual Adult Black Belt Kata, but was beaten by my fellow SKF England Ladies Team Member and finished in 4th place.
Overall, I was pleased with my performance in the competition, but identified plenty of room for improvement before I head to Portugal for the KSI European Championships. The next few months will see me undertake an Advanced Kata Course and multiple SKF England Squad sessions, as training ramps up ahead of the next competition; the SKF Kimura Cup Championships in September.
Once again, I would like to thank Venn Group for their continued sponsorship and my instructors, coaches and fellow team members of the Shukokai Karate Federation for their consistent support.