Osu, we sent a small and determined team over to Sydney for the 2016 National Benefit Tournament hosted by Seido Juku Karate Australia, and we had a great time! Between the three of them, Kyoshi Louise, Senpai Sandra and Senpai Eleanor netted three golds, two silvers and a bronze medal!
Here’s Sempai Eleanor’s reflections on the trip:
Twas a fine evening when Kyoshi Louise, Senpai Sandra and myself set out for the far away shores of Sydney. Our mission; to bring home all the medals. And so it was to be the following day we found ourselves walking into the majestic and intimidating King George V recreation centre to compete with karateka from all over Oceania and two from Sweden. The competition began not with a bang but with quite a long meeting to figure out who would be judging and to explain the rules. The majority of the competitors were young children, this meant that at most I was competing against 5 others and other times against just Senpai Sandra.
Kyoshi Louise competed valiantly and brought home a silver in weapons kata. Senpai Sandra slayed it in both the open handed kata and weapons kata and brought home two golds. While I courageously brought home a single bronze. Arguably the most entertaining event of the day was the child’s team kata with team after team of little Wellingtonians doing kata in complete synchronisation. This was followed by the continuous sparring demonstration event in which Sandra and I were the only competitors brave enough to enter. Our fight was long and perilous and in the end only one could reign supreme so they gave me a big shiny cup…which Sandra soon carved her name into.
Following the tournament our mission changed to finding a single decent Australian beer. We searched long and far (pub crawl) but in the end all we found were lousy lagers. And so with our booty in hand we returned victoriously to our home country. While we did not in fact get all the medals we did get quite a few.
It was an amazing experience to be able to compete overseas. I would recommend it to everyone.
Well done and Osu!