Ireland takes Gold at the WadoKai All Nations Championship
25-26 August Wado-Kai England hosted the WadoKai All Nations Championship in Leicester, England. This tournament brought the WadoKai family of Karate-Ka from over 30 countries from as far afield as Brazil, USA, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and of course Japan, who brought over 70 athletes to compete in all categories.
The tournament had approximately 600 athletes compete in Kata and Kumite, both individual and team events, for categories from 12yrs – 50yrs+.
Siobhan Leckey from Ophir Karate in Belfast and WKAI Secretary dusted off her gi and once again competed in kata. She entered the Female Kata 45yrs+ category. Siobhan got a bye in the first round, beat Germany in the 2nd round, beat Sweden in the 3rd round and Japan (Tsudao Kimiko) in the final!
As you may know, Siobhan is also a member of ONAKAI’s Referee Commission and was selected to officiate at the finals on the centre tatami where all the gold/silver medals were contested. And following the tournament Siobhan along with a number of other WKAI members attended the Master Seminar with over 330 in attendance. On Tuesday 28 August, Siobhan then sat her JKF WadoKai Instructor’s examination and passed!
WKAI did Ireland proud with 1 x Gold and 7 x bronze medals throughout the tournament. Ireland’s bronze medalists are: Ruairi Dougal – Male Kumite +84kg, Craig Ryan Male Kumite -75kg, Debbie Long Female Kumite +68kg, Seamus Keena Male Junior Kumite -61kg, Joseph Sweeney Male Junior Kumite +76kg, John Burt Male Kumite +40yrs and Mathew Daly Male Cadet Kata.
See below some pictures of Siobhan in action both as a competitor and an official.