Success for Sophie at the Kimura Cup

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Sophie PowellNo comments


Last Saturday, I competed in the Shukokai Karate Federation (SKF) Kimura Cup Championships; the last national tournament of the year before I fly out to Portugal with the England squad next week for the KSI European Championships!

As part of my final preparations I competed in four disciplines, representing my club - SKF Portway - against karateka from across the country. The day started very well with the Team Kata event, where I teamed up with one of my fellow SKF England Squad teammates to win the silver medal. We put on a solid performance in the final against very strong competition, so despite not taking gold, we were incredibly pleased with the result.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t as successful in the second event; the Individual Kata. Despite my best efforts, I was knocked out by one of the SKF England Men’s squad. I was still relatively happy though, as I believe I had made improvements from previous competitions.

In the afternoon, it was the turn of the kumite events. In the team event, a last-minute injury meant we had to make changes to the participants right before our match. Following this I won my fight, but my fellow teammates did not, so we did not progress to the semi-finals on this occasion. However, I was thrilled to win another medal in the Ladies Individual Kumite; a bronze after narrowly missing out on a place in the final to my fellow England teammate.

Despite not making the finals in either kumite event, I felt my overall performance was a vast improvement on the previous championships. This gives me great confidence going into the European Championships next week.

I have said this several times this year in my blogs, but I would again like to sincerely thank Venn Group for their continued support. Without their sponsorship I would not be able to afford to represent my country. I would also like to thank my coaches, instructors and teammates at the Shukokai Karate Federation for constantly pushing me to better myself.

I look forward to making you all proud in Portugal. Hopefully next time you hear from me, I will have some European medals to my name!

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