JAPAN 2016 Over twenty members of our group recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan as pert of an overall group representing the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy. After many months of extra training the following Devon members were selected to compete in the All-Japan Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Championships at the world famous Tokyo Budokan. Chelsea Stapleton 2nd Kyu aged 14 from Torrington, Dillon Chalmers 1st Kyu aged 17 from Bideford and Charley Prole 1st Dan aged 17 from Exmoor all competed well in their individual events, but unfortunately went out in either the first or second round. It was their first taste of competition at this level and the experience of competing in Japan should help them in the future. Craig Hill 2nd Dan aged 25 from Torrington was competing in the senior individual Kata event. As a cadet aged 17 he made the All-Japan final at the Budokan. Now as a senior he had a harder task ahead of him. In the early round he went through comfortably and then had to face a much respected and experienced opponent in the quarter finals. It was a very close decision with Craig taking his Japanese opponent to the wire, but unfortunately losing 3 - 2 on a split decision.
The final competitor from our group was James Bolton 2nd Dan aged 23 from Bideford and as part of the three man Academy team fought brilliantly and bravely. James and his team mates Joe Bale and Ben Welsh made it all the way to the semi-finals, unfortunately though losing in the semi-final to Nichi Dai. As part of the squad, BKF official Matthew Soanes 4th Dan from Torrington and EKF official Andy Kilby 3rd Dan from Barnstaple officiated throughout the qualifying rounds. Impressing the tournament officials, they were then asked to officiate in the finals as well.
To round off a very memorable experience Sensei Arthur Meek 7th Dan and Sensei Peter Hill 6th Dan were asked by Sensei H.Otsuka III, the Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do to be part of the six person demonstration team from Wado-Ryu Karate-Do's main dojo in Tokyo. Their demonstration of Kihon Gumite was well received by all present.
ANNUAL SUMMER KYU GRADING EXAMINATION RESULTS Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai's annual Summer Kyu Grading Examinations were held at the Budo Centre, Mill Lane, Barnstaple on Sunday 5th June with the following members successful in being promoted: Promoted to 10th Kyu: Ramunas Plekavics, Reuben Spear, Charlie Srisaeng and Logan Harris. Promoted to 9th Kyu: Ethan Hare, Carys Fellows, Tercia Galley, Max Johnstone, Sophie Graddon, Aaron Bryant, Matthew Berry, Samuel Berry and Django Parry. Promoted to 8th Kyu: Harry Colverson, Jake Copp, Poppy Challacombe and Daniel Berry. Promoted to 6th Kyu: Yohan Miller. Promoted to 5th Kyu: Kieran Beer. Promoted to 4th Kyu: Bradley Lambert.
NEWLY PROMOTED DAN GRADES At the 2016 Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Winter Course held in Guildford, Surrey three members of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai attempted Dan Grade examinations in front of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Dan Grade panel which included the new and third Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei K.Otsuka. All three members were successful in passing with many congratulations go to Mark Vallei from Exeter on passing 1st Dan, James Bolton from Bideford on passing 2nd Dan and Gary Moore from Exeter on passing 3rd Dan. Honourary member Noriko Mitsuhashi from Japan, but now living in Holland also passed 3rd Dan.
At the end of last August our group's senior instructor Sensei Peter Hill 6th Dan along with the chief instructor for the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy in Italy, Sensei Fernando Palladino 6th Dan traveled to Japan to attend the memorial service and pay their respects to the late Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan, the second Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do.
They also attended the presentation of Sensei Kazutaka Otsuka as the third Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate- Do which was held at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo.