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For seven season’s, ever since Vale Karate joined the Welsh Karate League, Vale have earned the ‘Champion Club’ award.
For five seasons the outcome was never in doubt as we dominated, but for the past two seasons we’ve been under siege from very strong English Groups! At the end of the 2016-17 season, we pipped the AKA Squad by 3 golds, and at the end of the 2017-18 season it was again very close at the top with Vale once again seeing off the combined ESKU and GKR squad, again by three gold medals!
This past season however it was not to be, as Mandie Read’s mighty AKA were too strong across the board! So when the dust had settled at the end of the day, and the end of the season on Sunday March 24th, AKA had amassed an incredible one hundred and seven gold medals, 36 clear of Vale who won 71, the Akaizen group were 40 behind Vale on 31.
We won no fewer than thirteen Champion of Champions trophies and many Vale performances throughout the day, and indeed throughout the season have shown huge promise for next season.
There are challenges for Vale ahead, as Sensei’s Leah and Luke are leaving Wales to find adventures abroad!
Australia being the first destination in May.
We wish them all the love and luck in the World! Their input has been immeasurable, but Vale Karate will continue, and continue to grow!
Both Leah and Luke ended their involvement in the WKL (for the foreseeable future) in style with three Champion of Champions trophies between them!
A huge well done and thank you to all who were part of the Vale Squad in the 2018-19 season! also to our members who officiated and of course the parents who support their children and Vale Karate tirelessly.
2018-2019 CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS:
BRADLEY JAMES (Special & Para Kata)
DANICA APOLOGISTA (Junior Shotokan Kata)
ANGEL MANAYANI (Under 8 Girls Kata)
JAKOB BARTUSH (Under 8 Boys kata)
LLOYD BEER (U10 Advanced Kata)
ALYSHA LEE (U16 Girls Kumite)
LEAH HOWARD (Ladies Kata)
LEAH HOWARD (Ladies Kumite)
LUKE HOWARD (Mens Kumite -75Kg)
LLOYD, ELLE-MAI, MAX (U10 Team kumite)
JAKOB BARTUSH (U8 Novice Jukuren)
ELLE-MAI LEE (U10 Advanced Jukuren)
GREGORY JAMES (U12 Advanced Jukuren)