The Stratford upon Avon Connection
Sunday 2 July 2017 Ruach Karate Club Competition held at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre Kings heath Birmingham B14.
Ruach Shotokan Karate clubs held their interclub competition on Sunday in Birmingham and students of all ages from across the midlands came together in friendship to celebrate their art. This year was especially exciting as our new medals for kata were being awarded for the first time.
The medals are unique to Ruach Karate and are based on our logo and Sensei Sean Roberts former European Kata Champion. Sensei Sean said “its an honour” for his image to be used in this way. Ross Beggan a former student of Stratford upon Avon College now studying at Coventry University in Graphics and Animation, designed the medals for his father Sensei Gary Beggan, senior instructor at Ruach Karate. Sensei Gary said “these medals have received praise from the karate community from around the county, I could not be more pleased”
Ruach Karate have two clubs in Stratford upon Avon. Friday night is the Leisure Centre 19:30 and Monday night at Stratford High School 19:00 and it was students from these clubs who won gold on Sunday. Lotti Davis; Patrick Maroson and Alex Maroson represented Stratford upon Avon in the team kata event. All three students are required to perform a prearrange set of movements known as kata in unison, so as to move as one. This was the last event of the day and the largest event and competition was stiff. But it was even more pleasing to watch the team win, as it was the first competition for Patrick and Alex and to take on such a huge task is testament to the guidance and training received from Sensei Dave Hughes, the resident instructor at Stratford upon Avon.
If that wasn’t enough Lotti and Patrick also took Bronze in the pairs kata and Lotti taking two gold’s in individual kumite (fighting) events. A very impressive haul of medals going back to Stratford upon Avon.
Ruach Shotokan Karate have been teaching in the West Midlands for over 30 years with Chief Instructor Sensei Ronnie Christopher 6th Dan Double World Champion. www.karate-training.co.uk @ruachtgruach and facebook Ruach Shotokan Karate Association. 07946348131