Next weekend is the Shotokan of England Karate Union championships at the Portsmouth Academy. This competition is in it’s 35th year which is remarkable given karate has waned somewhat over the past 20 years.
The man at the top of SEKU, Chief Instructor Mick Dewey will be there as always encouraging and adding his bit throughout the day. Competitors from peewee’s through junior, youth’s and of course adults will be competing. The general rule is kata and kumite.
Kata: Forms the uninittiated call it are a set sequence of moves, these kata get more complicated as the person progresses in rank so for the best wait until the adult particularly black belt finals.
Kumite: Freestyle fighting is equally enthralling in fact downright exciting again adults provide the best entertainment as the young ‘kumite’ in a safer way to minimise risk. Let’s face it, you don’t go to watch two adults freestyle fight and shy at the site of a little blood, if you do then crosstitch has it’s appeal maybe?
FHM will be part of the organisation as always and look forward to seeing you there either as a competitor or a spectator. Portsmouth Academy, this Saturday 18th March competition starts roughly at 10am with children’s events then adults should start around midday. Pay on the door.