Our competition team has returned from Montreal, where we attended the 2023 Kokoro Cup - Shinkyokushin competition.
After months of preparation and sacrifices, I believe we have achieved our goals. Although not everyone won a trophy, valuable lessons were learned, and progress will be made from this experience.
We faced unforeseen obstacles, including large divisions, age gaps, slippery mats, and occasionally questionable refereeing decisions. However, these challenges are part of competing. Competitors will always encounter obstacles that must be overcome. There is no perfect situation, but true champions will find ways to overcome them. The important thing is to learn from the experience, enjoy the journey, and keep working towards our set goals.
It's crucial to remember that competition is just the sport aspect of Karate and does not fully represent our martial arts journey.
Congratulations to all our team members for their effort, and a special thanks to the parents for their great job motivating and supporting the kids.
Now, it's time to return to the dojo for more training and skill refinement, not only for the next competition but also for any challenges life may bring.
Here are the results:
- Thomas Wharton-Hood - 1st place Kata, 3rd place Kumite
- Anatole Kondratenko - 1st place Kumite
- Quinlan Van - 1st place Kata
- Julian Pashov - 3rd place Kumite
- Roxana Trifan - 1st place Kata
- Nikita Urypov - 2nd place Kumite
- Laila Magalina - 2nd place Kumite
- Dany Krief - 3rd place Kumite