15th Edition Malta Karate Open - 31st March 2017 to 1st April 2017

Posted on 6th April, 2017
15th Malta Karate Open 31st to 1st April 2017.
Though it was our 1st time in attendance at the 15th Edition Malta Karate Open, the Ken Yu Kai Squad in attendance, did not disappoint.  With our youngest Squad member, Brooke Woodward took it all in her stride competing in kumite in her 1st major international. Although beaten in the 1st round, it's a great start to her fighting career at just aged 5.  
Elise Proctor fought through a hard 3 rounds in her Kumite section and though she didn't medal on this occasion, she had a tough section of 39 girls.  Katie Hardman was beaten in her first round of Ippon and made it to her second round in the Sanbon.  Excellent fighting skills by both her and Elise throughout.
Jess Maitland won both Bronze Ippon and Bronze Sanbon.  The Female Kumite 18+ Team achieved Silver - a fantastic performance by Sensei Michelle Knowles, Jess Maitland & Katie Hardman. 
Sensei Michelle Knowles had fought her way into her 2nd round and sadly had to withdraw from her fight on medical advice.  Daniel Kinsey made it into his second round in his kumite and  received an injury also pulling him from fighting any further.  
In Kata, Both Sensei Michele Knowles and Katie Hardman reached the finals in both their respective sections.  Samantha Kinsey finished as the highest scoring female in her section.  Both her brother, Daniel Kinsey and Elise Proctor competed in the same section, and were knocked in the first round.  The standard was immensely high with our squad holding their own throughout.
In the pairs Kata Elise Proctor & Katie Hardman were 0.1 off 3rd place.  As Katie is now aged 16, they were placed in the adults section, competing against higher Dan grades with many more years experience.
With 20 countries in attendance and 437 competitors; our team of seven brought home 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.  A great performance by everyone and an amazing experience to take forward to their future competitions.  Well done guys.  

Centre photo - Malta Squad Back Row: Sensei Michelle Knowles(2nd Dan - Mossley), Daniel Kinsey(2nd Kinsey - Eccles), Katie Hardman(1st Dan - Mossley), Jess Maitland(1st Kyu - Mossley).

Front Row: Samatha Kinsey(5th Kyu - Eccles), Brooke Woodward(7th Kyu - Mossley), Elise Proctor(1st Dan - Mossley) & Peter Kinsey(Eccles)

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