Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland (IKKI) attended the The Itosu-Ryu USA INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL KARATEDO CHAMPIONSHIPS & SEMINAR in July 2016.Above L->R: Jake Mulvany, John Dolphin, Marie Dolphin, Leo Mulvany (IKKI Chief Instructor), Tony Dolphin, Josh Kohlman-Judge.This International was unique in that it involved three traditional karate styles; Itosu-Ryu under Soke Sadaaki Sakagami, Wado-Ryu under Soke Hironori Otsuka III and Ryuei-Ryu under Soke Tsuguo Sakumoto. The three Sokes were present for the Championship and gave a combined seminar. The event was organised by Itosu-Ryu USA under Sensei David Crockett, Chief Instructor, Itosu-Ryu USA.
All six team members competed in the Championship as well as officiating. Kata took place on Saturday, 23rd and kumite on Sunday 24th July. Sensei’s Tony, Marie and John judged kata and kumite. Sensei Leo shared head judge position in the Itosu-Ryu kata competition and refereed kumite on the Sunday. Competing and officiating was allowed in the Championship. There were about 40 officials present.
It was so interesting to see three different styles competing side by side on the mats. It was also interesting to see the similarity between the different styles.
The kata tournament on the Saturday consisted of each style running its own competition in the morning (style specific) and the afternoon saw all styles involved in the open kata competition. Sunday was one competition, open kumite.
In all, the Irish team performed extremely well, taking eight medals from the Championship.
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