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Yamaguchi Goju Kai Junior Kumite Competition

By Admin - Posted on 04 May 2011

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Yamaguchi Goju Kai Competition

On Sunday 20th February, two Yudansha squad members and their team of coaches and family, headed off to the Yamaguchi Goju Kai tournament in Grays, Essex. 

This competition was a junior kumite only tournament, and both kumite fighters; Tyrone Briscoe and Gina Boot were able to represent the club at this event. Gina made her debut for the first time at this competition, entering the girls 3rd kyu above + 40Kg division against some very talented kumite fighters. 

Despite the long wait the pair stayed focused and by 3pm they were on the mat.

Gina Boot was up first and put up a good fight. The scores were neck to neck at the beginning of the bout, but she eventually got out-skilled with a few ni-hon techniques and Gina wasn't able to make up the difference in the scores. The young lady that Gina fought eventually went on to win that category. Although disappointed with her results she came away with the experience, knowledge and determination to improve for her next ring fight. 

Tyrone Briscoe Jnr. however, did very well and managed to reach the final where he took Silver in the Dan Grade Boys division. Tyrone blitz his way through his first round, ending the bout with an excellent ura-mawashi geri (hook kick), with 10 seconds to spare. Tyrone then went on to do two further bouts before reaching the final. His onorthodox way of fighting coupled with the years of experience as a kumite competitor meant that he was able stay focused and fight his way through these next two rounds with ease, before meeting his match in the final. Both the Dan Grade boys did extremely well, pitting their skills against each other, and seeing the scores yo-yoing, whilst the rest of the crowd looked on with excitement and anticipation! In the end, Tyrone with only one point down was out-classed by his opponent, who countered his last mawashi-geri attempt to even the scores out.
It was a brilliant performance from both our fighters, their excellent sportsmanship, and commaraderie were good representation of the standards that the club upholds. Proud mother Pauline Briscoe said of the day "This competition has given them a chance to learn and achieve in something they love".