Sensei Michael led a small squad to Luton, where on Saturday 19th March 2016 they represented the club and KWF West England at the KWF National Karate Championships. This was smoothly run by our friends at Luton Karate Academy, and senior KWF Shihans Jim Lewis and Sid Tadrist. It was nice to meet our new friends in KWF, particularly Marco Fanicchi and his Kingswood students, and Warren De Vries and his Springs Best club members. It was great for members to challenge themselves in a national setting. Antonia Khalif and Lola Price did really well simply to practice and then make the trip, putting their karate on display. Antonia won Bronze in Kata, and Lola took fourth place. Tom Sawyer then was unlucky to get knocked out in the semi finals, having performed a fine display of kata. Andy Ballantine then competed in Veteran’s kata, and took Bronze. Sensei Michael, Antonia and Tom then took to the mat to perform Team Kata. Having practised separately due to other commitments, they nonetheless made no errors and Antonia did a fantastic job leading the trio, with the team taking Bronze. Sensei Michael then had to put his money where his mouth was, and performed Gojushiho Sho to take the Gold and become National Veteran Kata Champion. Finally, Andy and Michael had to fight in veteran kumite, with Andy taking Bronze. Sensei Michael was unable to parry a great front kick from his opponent, and placed 2nd overall. Team Bristol finished 5th in the medals table, with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronzes! It’s fair to say that Shihan Marco Fanicchi was on ‘A’ Class form as one of the senior referees. The tournament was a great introduction to new karate friends, and hopefully leading the way for other club members to test themselves too.