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May 2011 - NEWS UPDATE

By Admin - Posted on 01 March 2011

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Team Kaizen - Season 3

Well done and Congratulations to Season 3's  Team Kaizen squad team;

Sammi Roe / Zakki Roe / Leah Quah / Kevin Quah / Chris Seth / Keith Broad / Natalia Sousa-Gallego / James Duran / Jacob Willmore / Jasmine David / Daniel Aiken / Marcio Sa Peixoto / Famida Noor Mahomed / Azareel Bedoya / Aaliya Irtizaali / Mantas Mickus / Georgina Milner

As the season draws to a close, here's how the team got on at the competitions...

... A whooping 24 podium places!

Kaizen Cup

Competition held at Dagenham Park School, Dagenham. The day saw the new Team Kaizen took an impressive 9 Golds, 3 Silvers and 7 Bronze Medals! 

Team Kaizen Coach Emmie Brown said ‘I am overjoyed with how well all the competitors have done, they have trained hard building up to the start of the season and have shown that hard work can give you these sort of results. They had great fun, huge smiles all round and didn’t let anything get them down, I am so proud!’ 

Turning the clocks forward was not the only thing that was on people’ minds that early Sunday morning… for those who were preparing to compete it was how to out-perform the other competitors and come out on top, bringing them a step closer for a chance to fight in the Finals to win the coveted Kaizen Cup. 

The day was filled with excellent displays of skill from the younger children who had courage to enter at such a young age through to the teen and adult divisions in both Kata (pre-arranged forms) and Kumite (sparring). Standout kata’s were performed by Team Kaizen members James Duran, Daniel Aiken and Chris Seth, all showing great skill and determination to up their game and show they have what it takes to win. Youngest squad members Zakki Roe and Ciara Coyle performed Heian Godan and Geki Sai Ichi respectively, both taking up podium places, with Zakki taking home the Gold Medal.   

Synchronized Team Kata tests your skills in another dimension, with the emphasis on synchronicity and maintaining good technique and form. A challenge but not impossible, Team Kaizen & Yudansha showed true display of spirit in the intermediates (13-16yrs) and senior (17+) divisions. New kata team (Daniel Aiken, Jasmine David and Famida Noor-Mahomed) performed Saifa and gained Silver whilst seasoned Yudansha members also took Silver with their kata Seiunchin.

After lunch the teams continued to shine with outstanding results in the kumite (sparring) divisions.  Keith Broad (new Team Kaizen member) pulled out all the stops in his Kumite fights as he fought off competitors with his well practised ‘gyaku tsuki’ (reverse) punch… Fellow team members Daniel and George Mitchell who fought in the same category as Keith in the semi-finals were equally successful after a tough bout. Daniel came away with a silver medal and George took bronze.

Kumite are fast paced and can be tough, many bouts were hard fought for on Sunday, but with practice and gritty determination, you can win. Students from across the club whether in Team Kaizen or Yudansha fought well and went home with medals, and for some this is their first ever competition! So it’s inspiring to see youngsters like Nayan Gondalia (from Ilford Dojo) taking up the courage to enter and take home 2 silver medals. One member also worth mentioning is Tom Cottis (from Romford Dojo) who secured 1st place with his impeccable timing and blistering speed.   

Coach Vicky Phillips said ‘everyone put on their best displays and fought their hardest to come out on top and were smiling all day through. The way it should be done’

As the day drew to a close, squad members continued to show true skills and made their mark in the Team kumite events with top performances from Team Kaizen 3 (James, Marcio, Mantas), Yudansha member Sunit (joined by Jacob Wilmore) and Team Kaizen 2 (Leah Quah, Ciara Coyle, Georgina Milner) in the 5-12 yrs divisions. Yudansha’s team of Gina, Tyrone and Luke won the 13-16 yrs old division with Vicky, Dominik and Tom taking silver in the 17+.

With these results it is encouraging to see the teams putting into practice what they have learnt, as well as starting to see them gelling together as a cohesive group. We hope that the preparations will pay off when the team compete at the Nationals in Crystal Palace towards the end of the year. 

Seitou Ryu Open

Held in Tilbury, Essex, the Seitou Ryu Open attracted more 100 competitors from as far as Basingstokes to compete for the top spots. Despite it being Mother's Day, our Team Kaizen was well represented and faced the day's challenges head on. It was the final opportunity to test the skills they have learnt throughout the season's training.

Despite being a novice squad and faced strong oppositions from seasoned teams from other clubs, Team Kaizen still went away with 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze! 

It's been a tremendous season, and everyone has enjoyed the experience and the comraderie that develops amongst each other. More importantly everyone goes away with new sets of skills and a better understanding of what competition training is all about!