USKU International Karate Champions, Japan 2017

Several members of USKU NZ travelled to Japan in October 2017 to join the international USKU karate championships, seminars and gradings.  Our regular trips to Japan provide an opportunity to get exposed to innovations within Shotokan, new training ideas and overall refine our level of technical performance and understanding.

A one day kata seminar allowed participants to choose four key kata which became the focus of their training for the day.  Five groups led by high level Japanese AJKS and USKU instructors then broke down specific katas to a technical level to ensure participants had enough learnings to 'take away' and further refine within their own training.

 Presentation of Dan grade certificates back in New Zealand.  left to right; Morgan Dilks sensei, Julia Tanner sensei (3rd dan), Lily Griffin (shodan) and Brad Stevens sensei (3rd dan). Absent; Simon Tavendale sensei (3rd dan).

Presentation of Dan grade certificates back in New Zealand.  left to right; Morgan Dilks sensei, Julia Tanner sensei (3rd dan), Lily Griffin (shodan) and Brad Stevens sensei (3rd dan). Absent; Simon Tavendale sensei (3rd dan).

Congratulations to those members that put in months of training before the trip and successfully passed their black belt gradings under the international panel in Miyazaki, Japan.

  • Lily Griffin, Shodan
  • Julia Tanner, Sandan
  • Brad Stevens, Sandan
  • Simon Tavendale, Sandan

An international tournament concluded the week long trip, with over 300 competitors across both kata and kumite divisions.  Congratulations to Julia Tanner for her gold medal sweep across her kata and kumite divisions.

 Julia Tanner claims gold at the 2017 International Karate Championships in Japan

Julia Tanner claims gold at the 2017 International Karate Championships in Japan