The World Shotokan Karate-do Federation – World Championships, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
Date: Aug 23, 2019 by admin
The impressive martial arts Budokan stadium, Tokyo, Japan was the destination of WSKF Ireland Karate members for the 14 th World Shotokan Karate-do Federation World Championships and International Training seminar.
WSKF Members, under the lead guidance of Ireland’s Chief Instructor, Mark Sheridan, joined representation from 31 other countries at the championships which followed a three day seminar also utilised to grade candidates for Dan grade under a formidable panel of Instructors, chaired by WSKF Chief Instructor, Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya.
Congratulations to Ireland’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Mark Sheridan having attained Rku-dan (6 th Dan) which not only requires examination of techniques and ability but is predicated on a written thesis. Also examined and successful in his grading was Sensei Francisco Astudillo, Rku-dan (6 th Dan). Also graded, Sam Wheeldon, Nidan (2nd Dan).
In a separate accolade, Niamh Hogan received best female competitor of the competition, a tribute never before
awarded to an Irish member and WSKF Ireland members congratulate her on this award.
Of special note, WSKF Ireland members would like to offer their sincere congratulations to World Shotokan Karate-do Federation Chief Instructor, Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya on being awarded his Ku-dan (9 th Dan) at the WSKF International Gassuku in Tokyo. WSKF Ireland members are privileged to train under his guidance, expertise and instruction.
At the opening ceremony, the Irish contingent were led into the arena by Deirdre Tapley one of five members sharing their exciting inaugural visit to Japan and the championships. With the opening ceremony over, it was down to the business of competing.
First medal for Ireland went to Ireland’s Chief Instructor Mark Sheridan followed shortly after by a second securing
double WSKF World Champion titles in his kumite and kata categories. Lee Sheridan’s strong round performances in kumite led the young man to gold and champion title. Exhibiting a very strong kumite performance was Sam Wheeldon who narrowly missed out on a medal position in this large category event. A well deserved silver for Martin Wheeldon in a tough veteran kumite event with a silver for Niamh Hogan’s performance in individual kata adding to the medals tally. Tom McMahon competed in individual kumite and kata and also performed in veteran mixed team kata alongside Deirdre Tapley and Martin Wheeldon. Other team events saw silver medal positions in senior mixed team kata for Mark Sheridan, Niamh Hogan and Sam Wheeldon and a further silver medal position in senior women’s team kumite for Niamh Hogan, Sorcha McCorry and Olga Gombosi who also competed in individual kumite. Sorcha McCorry added a bronze in individual women’s kumite and a further silver in individual women’s jiyu kumite.
With the competition and seminar complete the worldwide family of WSKF had an opportunity to gather together to catch up, celebrate and enjoy what is a truly unique and special occasion for WSKF worldwide. WSKF Ireland members look forward to gathering again in Tokyo come 2021.