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Romford Students Fly at the Nationals!

By Admin - Posted on 16 August 2012


Members of the Kaizen Ryu club in Romford competed at the TKF National Championships on Sunday 30th October at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The team picked up an unprecedented 24 medals, including 10 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze. The most impressive part of the result is that the team scored wins in a quarter of all the divisions available; something that has never happened in the competitions history!


In kata, the prearranged forms section of the competition, Rosie Padfield (14) truly excelled by getting gold in her division. Young Rosie has been training in Romford for 7 years and is a junior black belt. She may be a couple of years away from her adult black belt but she certainly didn’t lack any skill as she showed the other girls the way. Fellow students who train at the Romford club, husband and wife Marie and Indran Tanabalan, became National Champions by winning the both the women’s and the men’s divisions. The pair met through karate and, with some 30 plus years of training between them; including visiting Japan annually for training, dominated the rounds beating the best contenders from around the country. Marie also won the women’s team kata competition with her training partners Vicky Phillips and Emmie Brown (who is also one of the coaches at the club). The trio have been training together for over 2 years for this competition and their preparation paid off in the most spectacular way as they emerged victorious with their display of superior technique.


Kumite, point fighting, followed and the team found another level as they went on to gain more podiums. Rosie showed her speed and accuracy on her way to getting silver behind Dagenham’s Gina Boot, who is a good foot taller than the Romford star. She really is showing tremendous potential in both her fighting and her kata and the GB team coaches are watching her with interest. Marie got through the opening rounds and into the final in the women’s lightweight division only to lose out by only a single point in overtime. The feeling is that she could have beaten her opponent if she wasn’t still feeling the fatigue of getting gold in the World Championships only last weekend in Turin, Italy. She, however, was absolutely overjoyed to get silver as it secured her place in the Great Britain Team for next year’s World’s in Tokyo, Japan. Indran picked up his second gold of the day in the men’s middleweight division. The final was also decided in overtime and both fighters went for the same move after the restart, a thrusting jab to the head. The East Londoner’s got through first and the top step of the podium was decided in a fraction of a second! He then followed his captain, Tony Knight (who fought in the KUGB England squad) to victory in the men’s team event.


Gold and silver medal winners from the Nationals, which saw around 400 competitors attend from all regions around the country, earn a spot on the Great Britain Team that will now train together toward the World Championships in Japan next year. We should all be proud that students who train in these humble clubs in the East End have made the grade to represent their country at the highest level on the sport. If you would to follow the team you can check the club’s website or follow the GB Team through