On Friday 13th October the HDKI Ireland team traveled to Wolverhampton to take part in the 1st HDKI GB Championships which were held in the Academy sports ctr, the squad consisted of 8 Palmerstown Shotokan students, 2 Hartstown students and 6 Hombu dojo students, our team ranged from adults down to their youngest competitor Daisy who is 7 years old.
They arrived at the centre early Saturday morning for what was a long day with over 125 competitors from different clubs and organisations, with Ray Stritch as referee and Jason Smyth coaching they all had a job to do, the day started off with some kata and they managed to win 3 Gold 2 Silver and 2 Bronze in the individual events, they then moved on to the team kata event with our senior team( Nikki, Adam & Aoife) getting 1st place in a big event and our 2 junior teams getting 1st and 2nd place respectively, after a short break the kumite started and they were rearing to go, with a Perpetual trophy up for grabs for the most spirited student of the day in memory of our Squad coach Palma Diosi who recently passed away due to a short illnesses it was all to play for, there was some great karateka on show and our guys shone through from our jnrs right up to our seniors.

The atmosphere was fantastic and they came away with 4 Gold, 3 Silver & 4 Bronze, the day was to be finished up with a friendly Ireland Squad Vs UK Squad in kumite, the crowd were cheering for both teams and the atmosphere was electric, Ireland were victorious in winning 6/2 captained by Palmerstown student Nikki Murphy which made the day all the better and to finish up with the icing on the cake the Ireland team were awarded the Palma Diosi memorial trophy which they will display with pride at the Hombu dojo in Ranelagh for the next 12 months and hopefully go back to the UK next year to defend our title with their squads remarkable spirit and attitude which every HDKI student showed at this competition, they should be proud of themselves as Ray and Jason as Squad coaches are very proud!

 Main Pic: L to R Ray Stritch, John Walsh,Adam Murphy, Karl Napper, Chloe Holten, Aoife Sammon, Isabella Stritch, GB team, Jason Smyth

Ray Stritch, Jason Smyth