EGKA National Junior Goju Ryu Karate Championships on Sunday, 18th October 2009
We look forward to welcoming the winners of the EGKA regional qualifying rounds held earlier this year at the 12 Quays (Wirral) and Littledown (Bournemouth) venues.
Competition rules will be published soon.
Juniors: Aged 15 and under on the day of the competition.
Cadets: Aged 16 or 17 on the day of the competition.
The competition is only open to those junior competitors who won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placing in the two earlier qualifying rounds in any category including those in the Team Kata. Your individual dojo instructors will soon be advised of the qualifying entrants, and they will in turn liaise with the individuals concerned to confirm if they are able to attend. Individual dojos will be able to nominate replacement competitors of the same grade and age at their discretion should any of their primary qualifying competitors be unable to attend on the day.
Please address any enquiries to the appropriate northern or southern co–ordinator in the first instance.
Littledown Sports Centre
Tel: 01202 417600
We will start at 09:30am (sharp) on Sunday morning
We plan to complete the competition before 4:00pm
The competition is being sponsored by the EGKA. Therefore no charge will be made for competitors to enter the competition.
The EGKA is also covering half the cost of the two coaches being arranged to transport competitors and their guardians down from Liverpool to Bournemouth.
A nominal charge will be made for spectators to cover the cost of the seating stands.
Northern Squad Training Days
Sensei Mike Smith has announced four squad training days for all the contenders entering the Junior National Championship later in October.
These free Saturday training sessions are from 09:45 to 11:30 on:
26th September; and
Hope College University
Liverpool Hope University Sports Centre
We hope these squad training sessions will be well attended by the people they are arranged for.
A message from Sensei Mike Smith to the relevant Northern Dojos
It has been agreed that we should travel down on Saturday 17th October 2009.
All competitors who were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any category including those in Team Kata can enter. It has been decided that if those who were placed cannot attend, then it is at that Dojo´s discretion to fill that place with a student of the same grade and age for that category.
If the Sensei can´t fill the place with their own students, then it will be passed back to me to try and fill it from another dojo.
Please note: 50 family rooms have been reserved.
40 rooms (sleeps 4)
10 rooms (sleeps 3)
I have negotiated a room rate of £53 per room, which is an excellent price for Bournemouth.
I have also booked two 49 seater coaches. Each coach seat is £13.00 return.
Rooms and coach seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Please note: The EGKA are heavily subsidising this event. There is no entry fee for competitors and they have provided half the cost of the coaches.
All dojos are expected to take part in some fund raising events, thus making the costs of going even cheaper!
Please give this event your usual support as it will only make your dojo and our association even stronger!
All relevant information must be received before 28th June 2009.
Any queries: Please email or telephone me on 07878 276 820.
Sensei Mike Smith
A message from Ralph Elliott-King to the relevant Southern Dojos
Sensei Gary has provided me with a list of 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings from April´s Southern competition. Based on these results I have been able to compile and circulate an invitation spreadsheet to the relevant southern Dojos for them to confirm back whether the qualifying individuals wish to participate in the Nationals Competition in October. It has been decided that if those who were placed cannot attend, then it is at that Dojo´s discretion to fill that place with a student of the same grade and age for that category.
Please reply back before Sunday, 28th June 2009.
If the Sensei can´t fill the place with their own students, then it will fall back to me to invite another dojo to fill the vacant place.
I don´t face the same organisational nightmare of arranging coaches and hotels as Sensei Mike Smith does – well at least not until next year when the south will go north to Liverpool. Nonetheless, Sensei Ernie and I still have the task of collating all the entrants and constructing the draw.
So please start setting the scene and discover the level of interest amongst your qualifying students for attending the Nationals. As Sensei Mike points out above, the EGKA are heavily subsidising this important competition. With no entry fees to find, we expect to see an enthusiastic turn out from the southern contingent on the day.
I know it is early days, but can those referees and helpers that attended either regional event please confirm their availability for 18th October 2009 direct to me by email or telephone me on 079 1234 1549.
We need 16 corner judges, 8 mat referees, 4 scoring machine operators, 4 scoring table assistants and 4 competitor organisers.
All competitors must ensure their EGKA membership is up to date and in force on the day of the Competition. To renew expired memberships, please click here.
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