Scottish All Styles Kata

Sunday 13th June saw James Ford (Jnr) first outing in the kata competition circuit, and he performed well. The competition was set into styles Shotokan, Wado, Shitoru with the judges from each style marking there own Karate style. Then the winners of each style moved in to the all styles championships. James was just beaten into in to Bronze position by a former Kata champion, but finishing in a medal position put him through to the seniors all styles. He won his first round match, then was drawn against a Scottish Kata team member and went at that stage, but still gave a good performance of Unsu. James was given another chance at a medal through the Repercharge, but came up against other good Shotokan kata competitor and went out at that point. A very good day for James being placed at his first kata championships, well done James

Words Jim Weir

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Medal for James in senior debut

Karate ace James Ford Jnr has made a highly impressive senior debut in the Scottish Karate Championships. James who has won numerous trophies at club level and bronze in the Scottish Championships as a junior moved up this year to senior level at 18 years and over. After training for five solid months to get himself to a higher standard the Levenmouth lad entered the senior kata event and won a bronze medal. His dad, also James, a well-known karate instructor said, "this is an excellent achievement, as it usually takes a few years to make your mark at senior level. To get that far first as a senior and only be stopped by the person who won the championships was a brilliant achievement. With 30 years experience in karate myself, to see my son get that far first time was great." See Photos

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