Karate: National Championships-New katas sparkle competition


23-May-2012

Bernard Thérésine, male over 16 years old black belt kata winner               Emma Cadeau, ladies’ 15-18 years old kata winner

Speaking to Sports Nation, Shihan Célestine said the techniques and level of performance in the execution of the kata during the tournament held last Saturday at the La Promenade Gymnasium is a sign of continuous progress and hard work of local instructors.

He is, however, a bit disappointed with the kumite (sparring) as some of the schools could not adapt to the International karate Federation (IKF) semi-contact rules. This, he said, caused a bit of unnecessary arguments and minor injuries.

The annual national championships organised by the Seychelles Karate Federation is this year part of the activities to commemorate 40 years of karate in Seychelles. It attracted karatekas from four local schools, namely Kimura Shukokai, Northern Tang Soo Do, Combat Tang Soo Do and Kyokushinkai.

During the competition which was conducted under the IKF semi-contact rules, the karatekas took part in both kata and kumite. The kumite, which featured only male contestants, was divided into six categories, while the karatekas battled in 10 categories in the kata demonstration.

In kumite for boys’ 10-15 years old, Daniel Hoareau of Kyokushinkai was the winner after defeating Jean-Yves Simeon also of Kyokushinkai, while reigning karateka of the year Bernard Thérésine of Kimura Shukokai won the male 52-57kg category with a win over Aidan Suleman of Northern Tang Soo Do.

Jigme Tsultrim of the Combat Tang Soo Do school won the male 58-63kg category by defeating Nichol Bamboche of Northern Tang Soo Do in the final.

In the male 65-72kg final, Stevens Freminot of Kimura Shukokai defeated James Faure of Northern Tang Soo Do to top the group, while Liban Segura defeated his Kyokushinkai colleague Laurent Pillay to win the male 75-83kg category.

 Northern Tang Soo Do’s Louis Vidot was the grand winner in the male over 85kg category. In the final, Vidot defeated Luigi Adrienne of Kyokushinkai.

In kata, Chrislee Payet of Kimura Shukokai dominated the girls’ 8-12 years category ahead of Maia Suleman of Northern Tang Soo Do who finished as the runner-up.

Kyokushinkai dominated the ladies 15-18 years old category by clinching all three top spots. Emma Cadeau finished first ahead of Lucy Zhang, while Rachelle Rabara was third.

There was also a complete sweep in the ladies’ over 23 years old category, this time by a trio from Kimura Shukokai. Gretel Valentin was first ahead of Janette Thérésine (second) and Shujetha Chettiar (third).

In the boys’ 8-11 years old group, Regu Chettiar of Kimura Shukokai finished first ahead of Shawn Hoareau also from the Kimura Shukokai school.

Ahmad Pillay of Kimura Shukokai was the grand winner in the boys’ 12-15 years category ahead of Laurent Pillay of Kyokushinkai , while Richard Athanasius Ah-Weng of Kyokushinkai dominated the male 16-18 years old category to finish ahead of Jigme Tsultrim of Combat Tang Soo Do who was second.

Tony Philoé of Kimura Shukokai was the winner of the male over 19 years below black belt category and Liam Suleman of Northern Tang Soo Do was second. The Kyokushinkai duo of Ryan Pragassen and Paul Gédéon finished first and second respectively in the male 15-16 years old black belt category.

In the male over 16 years black belt group, Bernard Thérésine of Kimura Shukokai finished first ahead of James Faure of Northern Tang Soo Do. Thérésine also teamed up with Stevens Freminot and Gretel Valentin to help Kimura Shukokai win the team kata. Team Kyokushinkai (A) comprising Henry Xu, Ian Dingwall and Richard Athanasius Ah-Weng were the runners-up.

The kumite winners received trophies, while medals were given to kata winners. Karatekas who have been involved with karate for between 12 and 40 years were presented with certificates.

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Results of the top three finishers of the National Championships:
Kumite
Boys 10-15 years (43-51kg):
1. Daniel Hoareau (Kyokushinkai), 2. Jean-Yves Simeon (Kyokushinkai), 3. Anthony Marie and Kevin Domingue (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Male (52-57kg): 1. Bernard Thérésine (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Aidan Suleman (Northern Tang Soo Do), 3. Luciano Mavunga (Kyokushinkai) and Farhaad Suleman (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Male (58-63kg): 1. Jigme Tsultrim (Combat Tang Soo Do), 2. Nichol Bamboche (Northern Tang Soo Do), 3. Buddhima   Hettierarrachchi and Daniel Vidot (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Male (65-72kg): 1. Stevens Freminot (Kimura Shukokai), 2. James Faure (Northern Tang Soo Do), 3. Richard Athanasius Ah-Weng and Yannick Hoareau (Kyokushinkai)

Male (75-83kg): 1. Liban Segura (kyokushinkai), 2. Laurent Pillay (kyokushinkai), 3. Dylan Folette (Kimura Shukokai) and Liam Suleman (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Male (over 85kg): 1. Louis Vidot (Northern Tang Soo Do), 2. Luigi Adrienne (Kyokushinkai), 3. Henry Xu and Jimmy Helene (Kyokushinkai)

Kata
Girls (8 -12 years):
1. Chrislee Payet (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Maia Suleman (Northern Tang Soo Do), 3. Gabrielle Ward-Horner (Kimura Shukokai)

Ladies (15-18 years): 1. Emma Cadeau (Kyokushinkai), 2. Lucy Zhang (Kyokushinkai), 3. Rachelle Rabara (Kyokushinkai)

Ladies (over 23 years): 1. Gretel Valentin (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Jeanette Thérésine (Kimura Shukokai), 3. Shujetha Chettiar ((Kimura Shukokai)

Boys (8-11 years): 1. Regu Chettiar (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Shawn Hoareau (Kimura Shukokai), 3. Anthony Marie (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Boys  (12-15 years): 1. Ahmad Pillay (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Laurent Pillay (Kyokushinkai), 3. Shawn Pragassen (kyokushinkai).

Male (16-18 years): 1. Richard Athanasius Ah-Weng (Kyokushinkai), 2. Jigme Tsultrim (Combat Tang Soo Do), 3.Henry Xu (Kyokushinkai)

Male (over 19 yrs below black belt): 1. Tony Philoé (Kimura Shukokai), 2. Liam Suleman (Northern Tang Soo Do)

Male (15-16 years black belt): 1. Ryan Pragassen (Kyokushinkai), 2. Paul Gédéon (Kyokushinkai), 3. Ah-Loon Ho-Sap (Kyokushinkai)

Male (over 16 years black belt) 1. Bernard Thérésine (Kimura Shukokai), 2. James Faure (Northern Tang Soo Do), 3. Stevens Freminot (Kimura Shukokai)

Team Kata: 1. Kimura Shukokai (Stevens Freminot, Bernard Thérésine and Gretel Valentin), 2.  Kyokushinkai (A) Henry Xu, Ian Dingwall and Richard Athanasius Ah-Weng), 3. Kyokushinkai (F) Ryan Pragassen, Ah-Loon Ho-Sap and Emma Cadeau.

 

R. D.

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