Faye Allen Kata Tournament 2012

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

2012 Faye Allen Trophies

2012 Faye Allen Trophies

Best Team Awards:

Novice Team – Angela Nevin (tori) and Lorraine Nardone (uke) – Ju no Kata –  3.6

Best Novice Team 2012 - Angela Nevin and Lorraine Nardone

Best Novice Team 2012 – Angela Nevin and Lorraine Nardone

Intermediate Team – Wayne Stone (tori) and Michelle Veloso (uke) – Ju no Kata – 4.9

Best Intermediate Team 2012 - Wayne Stone and Michelle Veloso

Best Intermediate Team 2012 – Wayne Stone and Michelle Veloso

Advanced Team – Kevin Hobbs (tori) and Karl Tamai (uke) – Ju no Kata  — 6.1

Best Advanced Team 2012 -- Kevin Hobbs and Karl Tamai

Best Advanced Team 2012 — Kevin Hobbs and Karl Tamai

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.

Shaun Eddy throws Mark Smith in the Nage no Kata

Shaun Eddy throws Mark Smith in the Nage no Kata

Wayne Stone and Karl Tamai perform Kime No Kata

Wayne Stone and Karl Tamai perform Kime No Kata

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.

Clinician Edwin Takemori explaining Nage no Kata with the help of Diane Jackson

Clinician Edwin Takemori explaining Nage no Kata with the help of Diane Jackson

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.

Leah Fisher helps Michelle and Martin Veloso

Leah Fisher helps Michelle and Martin Veloso

Brothers Jimmy and Edwin Takemori together on the mat

Brothers Jimmy and Edwin Takemori together on the mat.

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!

Faye Allen 2012 Participants

Faye Allen 2012 Participants (minus the Hospitality Team in the kitchen!)

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,
Terence McPartland
DC Judo


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