Interclub Kumite Competition in Norwich – 05.07.2015

On 5th July 2015 an Interclub Kumite Competition was held in Norwich, Norfolk. The event gathered around 150 competitors in three categories: junior, cadet and senior. The results were very pleasing for TKFGB. Our athletes won a total number of 12 medals including 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Gold medals: Richard Tayton – Seniors Male, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Anna Machtylska – Seniors Female, adult individual kumite, 3 kyu – dan Filip Majchrzak – Juniors Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Kornelia Malczewska – Juniors Female, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Alex Podolsky – Cadets Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Kacper Leszczynski – Juniors Male, individual kumite, 10-7 kyu Silver medals: Klara Haluzova – Seniors Female, individual kumite, 10-4 kyu David Swiech – Junior Male, individual kumite, 6-4 kyu Tadeusz Lejman, Pawel Kutermankiewicz, Rafal Labuda – Seniors Maie, team kumite, all grades Kornelia Malczewska, Joanna Minnis, Batchelor – Juniors Female, team kumite Bronze medals: Marek Wozniak – Seniors Male individual kumite, 10-4 kyu Richard Tayton, Marek Wozniak, Maciej Kowalik – Seniors Team Kumite, all grades The hall was loaded with emotions as for all of our juniors it was the first opportunity to check their strengths at real traditional karate kumite tournament. Supported by their parents, they all showed extremely high level of determination and their skills proved effective, judging by the number of wins. In sum it was yet another good training on the way of preparation to the Autumn European Championships in Lithuania. Now we are all looking forward to the summer karate camp planned for 25 – 27th July in Boston....

TKAB demonstrations – 27.06.2015

27th June was a busy day for our Karate Boston Academy. We were invited to two town events to deliver a demonstration. Boston College Fun Day in Central Park was a major community celebration and an opportunity to spend all afternoon with sport, music, snacks and drinks. Warm, sunny weather and great atmosphere kept emotions high so no wonder that the two demonstrations (1.00 and 4.00 pm) our Club carried out were enthusiastically welcomed and lots of juniors and seniors joined in with some fun activities on the mats. Frequent enquiries only confirmed genuine interest in the Art of Traditional Karate; its healthy and safe lifestyle values were highly appreciated, especially by parents with regards to their offspring. Another highlight of the day took place in Boston Saturday School. The educational institution run by and for Polish community in Boston and the neighbouring areas was just holding the end of year festival on the premises and the management seemed happy to see us participate in the event. For the Club it was a great chance to be able to talk to the School Principal, Ms Klaudia Cichawy as well as the parents and answer numerous questions about healthy and safe way of life we are promoting. Having done three demonstrations in one day, our team set out for their homes exhausted but happy about having had yet another fruitful day....

Laxton Children’s Festival – 21.06.15

Having accepted an invitation from the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales, by recommendation from Polska Macierz Szkolna, TKFGB were honoured to be a part of an All-National Kids’ Day annual event in Laxton n/Corby, Northamptonshire. The team presented Traditional Karate techniques, fitness and self-defence systems in front of an audience well exceeding 4,000 spectators. In the breath taking scenery we were met by numerous VIPs, e.g. Polish Catholic Mission Representatives, Mr Witold Sobkow, the Polish Ambassador in the UK and Ms Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, the National Education Minister for the Republic of Poland. They showed great interest in the activities of the Federation and enquired about prospects for future expansion. However, it was not them who benefitted the most from watching our demonstration. It was the kids and their families. After the show the willingly joined in the open training and sport-for-fun activities, so it was a great opportunity to have a lot of great time together....

TKFGB demonstrations in Oxfordshire: 25.03.2015

Members of the TKFGB National Junior and Senior Squad accompanied by their Chief Coach, Zbigniew Godzisz, arrived in Kingham, Oxfordshire to support a special Karate demonstration held at the local Kingham Hill College. On 21st March over 200 students gathered to see the Karate as presented by sensei Lukasz Radwanski, multiple World and International Champion and medallist. The team also visited Blockley C of E Primary School in Morton-in-Marsh with another display of Karate skills. Both events were enthusiastically welcomed and were followed by numerous questions. The demonstrations are supposed to give rise to a cooperation between Western Traditional Karate Academy and the aforementioned schools. The new classed are planned to launch soon after the end of the school Easter break, on the schools’ premises. It is a part of TKFGB’s initiative for nationwide collaboration with primary and secondary schools within the sportive and educational programme of raising psyhical and mental health awareness....

Legend Shotokan Karate Championships: 07.03.2015

On 7th March, TKFGB representatives competed in Legend Shotokan Karate Championships in Bracknell, near London. The event, which was an open style formula, gathered over 300 competitors, both junior and senior, from all over the UK. It was a very busy competition and most of the athletes showed high level of performance. Our team succeeded in attempt to get to the podium: Mario Kalli secured the gold in individual kata, Lukasz Radwanski, 3rd dan, Andrzej Czyrka, 3rd dan and Mario Kalli, 3rd dan managed to win the bronze in team kumite whereas  Andrzej Czyrka and Mario Kalli reached for the bronze in individual kumite....

Interclub Kata Competition – Norwich: 01.02.2015

On 1st February 2015 Traditional Karate Academy Boston athletes confirmed their peak form in Interclub Kata Competition, which took place at University of East Anglia in Norwich, by 8 times gaining a place on the podium. 1) Kacper Wielgosz  – Gold medal in individual kata 2) Patryk Godzisz – Bronze medal in individual kata 3) Adriana Peiseniece – Bronze medal in individual kata 4) Team Kata Juniors – Silver medal (Adriana Peiseniece, Patryk Godzisz, Matvejs Pekuskins) 5) Andrej Skarzynski – Gold medal in Tokui Kata, kyu grades 6) Andrej Skarzynski – Bronze medal in Heian Kata, kyu grades 7) Rafal Labuda – Bronze medal in Tokui Kata, kyu grades 8) Pawel Kutermankiewicz – Bronze medal in Tokui Kata, dan grades...