Seishinkai hot-Shots start the season with a bang

2012 Competitor of the Day Adam Cockfield with 2013 Competitor of the Day Rachael Houlton.
2012 Competitor of the Day Adam Cockfield with 2013 Competitor of the Day Rachael Houlton.

The Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International squad had an excellent day at the Legend Open Karate Championships in the first major tournament of the year.

The squad’s performance was one of the best in the association’s 36-year old history and the Dacorum clubs came home with five gold medals in the major categories.

Clubs from all over England, Wales and Scotland were competing for the spoils, but they could not prevent Adam Cockfield from retaining his men’s black-belt kata title, or Gabriel Van Rel from taking the silver medal in the men’s black-belt free-fighting event.

Rachael Houlton, meanwhile, won the ladies’ black-belt free-fighting event in great style – beating the favourite from Scotland in an exciting final.

She also took third place in the ladies’ black-belt kata division and picked up the trophy for the Female Competitor of the Day.

This adds to the Male Competitor of the Day accolade which Cockfield won in the 2012 competition.

Elsewhere, Cristy Nash, Tom Colbourne and Conor Wardley also won their categories in real style to complete the SSKI godl medal haul.

Other silver medalists on the day were Oliver Nash, Olivia Christodoulou, Leah Groom and Matthew Gilling, while bronzes also went to Lauren Brooks, Matthew Gilling, Dylan Freeman, Madison Harding-White, Sam Richards, Cameron West, Conor Wardley.

Team Silver medals went to the U16 kata team and the ladies’ kata team, and team bronzes went to the ladies’ free-fighting team and the men’s kata team.

Local instructor and chief Instructor for SSKI worldwide, Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan said: “I was extremely pleased with my powerful squad and look forward to a busy year ahead with the European Championships in Germany in June.”

Anybody interested in joining the SSKI group in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon, Kings Langley, Watford, St Albans or Slip End should ring the association headquarters on 01442 266048 or visit www.sski.org

> Pic - 2012 Competitor of the Day Adam Cockfield with 2013 Competitor of the Day Rachael Houlton.