Victory for Ilkley in Japan

Nine lucky members from Ilkley Karate club got the rare opportunity to train and compete in Japan last month.
The Ilkley club now in it’s 28 year is part of the Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate Union which still retains close links with Japan and therefore members are able to train, compete and get a few days to visit some of the truly amazing places in Japan every couple of years. 
The Ilkley members who went have had an experience they will never forget as there are very few karate clubs in the UK which still maintain close links with Japan. The Ilkley team enjoyed three days of sightseeing around Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Himeji, followed by two full days of karate training in Ashiya with Soke Yamada 10th Dan and Kamohara Sensei 9th Dan along with several other Japanese hierarchy.
The final day was the day of the competition with over 2000 competitors from all over the world taking part in the Shito ryu Shukokai World Cup (which also included the Gishinkan Cup). The competition was efficiently run and well organised as you'd expect. Club instructor Mark Outterside was given the honour of leading out the UK team during the opening ceremony which was a very moving experience. 
The Ilkley club also made it through to the finals in the adult Kyu grade kata event as Andy Papworth made it through to the semi finals to secure a bronze medal. This was a fantastic achievement as the Japanese competitors are some of the best the club have come up against. The Ilkley members are already looking forward to making a return visit back to Japan in the next couple of years.