Merthyr Tydfil

UKA members joined other Karate Sport England athletes in taking part in the 1st Welsh Karate Open. Athletes from all the major World bodies were in attendance including IKU, WUKF, WKF, WSKA and WKC.

The standard was excellent and the event was well organised and presented and congratulations must go to the organisers Lee Costa, Rob Copeland, Steve Wellington and their team for all their hard work and effort in creating such a professional event.

UKA had only a squad of 10 people but they more than held their own winning 7 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze.

There were some great performances from the kids in the squad, all showing quality technique, superb tactics and great attitude.

Chloe Barnes in her first senior event showed she is a star of the future winning gold in the senior heavyweights as well as combining with two other KSE youngsters to take silver in the ladies senior team.

Senior coach Ian Cuthbert was extremely pleased with the whole squad and topped the day off by coaching the KSE men's team to victory over Rory Daniels Bristol team in an excellent men's team final.


Chloe Barnes - Ladies Senior Kumite O60K (Gold)

Connie Antoshko - Girls 9/10 Kumite (Gold)

George Antoshko - Boys 7/8 Kumite (Silver)

Alice briner - Girls 11/12 Kumite (Gold)

Elliot Engwell - Boys 13/14 Kata (Bronze), Kumite (Gold)

Georgian Vasilache - Male senior U65K Kumite (Bronze)

Vladut Vasilache - Boys 12/13 Kumite (Gold)

Chloe Barnes, Imaanay kuahandren and Jess muller - Ladies Senior Team (Gold)

Paul Lineham, Jack lynch and James Eade - Men's Senior Team (Gold)

Referees - Mark green, Mike Cormack, Lynne Aston and Anna Engwell