North Island Seido Karate Tournament 2012
The Seido Karate Dojo in Devonport really showed off its home–grown talent at this month’s North Island Seido Karate Tournament 2012 held in Wellington. This is the largest Seido tournament in New Zealand so the atmosphere was exciting with over 150 competitors from dojos in Christchurch ‚ Nelson‚ Te Awamutu‚ Wellington and Auckland.
The highlights for this year was Devonport Student‚ Senpai Alex Asher (2nd Dan Blackbelt) winning the Sogo award as the Overall Mens Champion at the tournament‚ Senpai Stewart Fletcher (2nd Dan Blackbelt) winning the Black Belt Weapons Kata and Kenya Ishibashi winning gold in the male brown belt kumite/ sparring 13–15 years.
There were some notable moments that deserve mention. Despite Senpai Alex losing a close fight against a much larger opponent‚ Sensei Phillip Seemann‚ in the super-heavy weight kumite (90kg +), he went on to win bronze against an equally talented Deport karateka‚ Senpai Ashley Keyworth who narrowly came fourth in the super-heavy weight kumite and silver in the Black Belts points kumite after only having just arrived in the country from a year spent in the Cook Islands. Kenya Ishibashi also won his division in points sparring with skill and determination by attaining the required 8 point differential to decide the round.
The team came back to Devonport dojo proud of the 9 medals they earned at the tournament:
Alex Asher – Sogo (Overall Champion) Award‚ Gold in Male Black Belt Heavy Weight Semi–Contact Kumite‚ Gold in Points Kumite, ‚ Silver in Male Black Belt Weapons Kata‚ Bronze in Male Black Belt Super Heavy Weight Semi–Contact Kumite and Bronze in Individual Kata.
Stewart Fletcher – Silver in Male Black Belt Weapons Kata
Ashley Keyworth – Silver in Male Black Belt Points Kumite
Kenya Ishibashi – Gold in Male Brown Belt Points Kumite and Bronze in Individual Kata.
Scott Rankin - Silver in Male Green/Brown Belt Light/Medium Weight
The Devonport dojo often performs well in tournaments and has a strong reputation for excellent coaching from instructors that have achieved their own great success in previous national and international competitions. The team reiterated that‚ “The outstanding results were certainly a strong reflection of quality of our instructors‚ especially Jun Shihan Danny Watson and Kyoshi Graham Ironside‚ who were incredibly supportive of the team from the 6 months training before right through to the last round of the 2012 tournament.”
Jun Shihan Danny wants to congratulate the team on their wonderful success‚ at training for the tournament with great commitment‚ attending and competeing. In particular congratulations to Kyoshi Graham for once again preparing and training the team to such a high standard.