Karate club re­turns to com­pe­ti­tion

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It has been a few years since the Hamil­ton Wado-kai Karate Club last stepped foot on to the tatami (com­pe­ti­tion mat) with a large num­ber of com­peti­tors, but this lit­tle club was al­ways des­tined to re­turn one day to con­tinue the vi­sion of the late Sen­sei Rob­bie Smith.

In the past three months, the club’s ded­i­cated tour­na­ment squad, led by one of the club’s first co­hort of squad mem­bers, Sen­sei Jim­i­leen Ta­maki and Sen­sei Jessie Wang, com­peted in three re­gional/ na­tional tour­na­ments.

Most of the squad were com­pet­ing for the first time in age di­vi­sions rang­ing from 6 years to vet­eran in both kata and ku­mite. The old­est squad mem­ber was late 50s. Re­sults from each tour­na­ment ex­ceeded ev­ery­one’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

In to­tal, the club gained three golds, two sil­vers and eight bronze medals at the Cen­tral North Is­land Cham­pi­onships in Tau­ranga in March; two golds, sil­ver and two bronze medals at the NZ Open in Christchurch in April; and two golds, six sil­vers and six bronze medals at the Auck­land Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all mem­bers — Yoke Fong, Jean Chye, Ali­son Oliver, Grace Lim, Kaylin Fong, Kaysie Fong, Mil­lie Johns, Rhy­bakker, Torhan Kur­naz, Arikan Kur­naz, Jaivan Nair, Al­ida Deguel­dre, Enzo Deguel­dre and Celia Wang.

“We are proud of the medals that were won but more im­por­tantly, the fact that all squad mem­bers have stepped out­side of their com­fort zones and agreed to par­tic­i­pate. That’s the big­gest win for the club,” said Jessie Wang.

The squad is care­fully pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing NZ Na­tion­als in Porirua mid-july, and while the wins have stirred a re­newed con­fi­dence in ev­ery­one, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Two of the club’s squad mem­bers were se­lected to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the 19th Ocea­nia Karate Cham­pi­onships and the 2nd Ocea­nia Karate Cup next week in Auck­land, Ali­son Oliver and Mil­lie Johns. Jessie Wang was se­lected as a New Zealand coach coach­ing the Ocea­nia Cup ath­letes.

Big thank you to spon­sors — Hill­crest Ware­house, Ipp Ltd and Bushido Ltd for do­nat­ing bags, em­broi­dery ser­vices and karate gear to each squad mem­ber, and also thank you to the de­voted par­ents for your sup­port and keep­ing ev­ery­one grounded.

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Re­cent wins have stirred a re­newed con­fi­dence in Hamil­ton Wado-kai Karate Club.

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