What the heck is a Kata Tournament?
Tentative Date for Faye Allen Kata Tournament 2013: Saturday October 26th
Results of the 2012 Faye Allen Memorial Kata Tournament
Best Team Awards:
Novice Team – Angela Nevin (tori) and Lorraine Nardone (uke) – Ju no Kata – 3.6
Intermediate Team – Wayne Stone (tori) and Michelle Veloso (uke) – Ju no Kata – 4.9
Advanced Team – Kevin Hobbs (tori) and Karl Tamai (uke) – Ju no Kata — 6.1
Apparently, the June Shufu Kata clinic inspired several teams to practice Ju No Kata! Nage no Kata and Kime no Kata were also seen on the mat, but no teams competed in Katame no Kata this year.
Sensei Edwin Takemori lead the clinic supported by a roster of experienced judoka and kata competitors. He focused on the randori and shiai applications of kata rather than sticking to standards. There’s lots of competition judo in the Nage no Kata and Sensei Edwin showed us how to use it.
Our youngest participant was Martin Veloso who did a great job of throwing his Mom around. Sensei Jimmy Takemori, 9th dan, was the most senior judoka present. Even in his eighties, he was out on the mat helping students correct and improve their form.
Attendance for the event increased substantially from the last few years. We had participants from DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania so the day was a truly regional Judo event. Everyone enjoyed the home cooked food and the spirit of camaraderie as we learned together. And everyone’s throws got better as the day went along too!
DC Judo hopes to see more faces at next year’s Faye Allen event (tentative date October 5th 2013.) Click here for more pics.
See you on the mat,
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