World Kata Championship Olbia 2017

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World Kata Championship Olbia 2017

Posted: 11/10/2017

Last weekend saw Scottish Judoka Paul Laverty & Alexander Reid (Shettleston Judo Club) compete at their 6th World Kata Championship, since the inaugural World Kata Championships in 2008. The championships which were created as a way to champion Kata, attracted Judoka from 72 nations, with 93 pairs demonstrating 6 different Kata.

Kata itself is the original training method for Judo, however over the years there was a worry that some of the fundamental principles and techniques were on the verge of being lost. Kata, which is practiced following a formal system of prearranged exercise, aims to highlight this original practise. It was announced at this year’s Championships that the IJF plan to have all 200 plus countries where Judo is practised to be represented at future World Championships, with each country nominating a ‘Kata Ambassador’.

Alex and Paul placed 12th at this year’s Championships, the highest placing for a British pair. A fantastic result for the pair and a progression on their European Championship result in May. However Alex and Paul are already looking at the necessary changes and improvements to make as they look towards improving their practise for the next competition.

Paul commented “We feel we are very fortunate to be part of GB Kata Team who has two more pairs of likeminded individuals that have dedicated themselves to doing the same within their own areas. Our common goal is to continue improve, to compete and promote kata on a world stage. The knowledge gained at these Championships is the most up to date interpretation and this can used and passed on to help others to develop kata in the UK.”

“There is a life time of learning in Kata, a lifetime of challenges and a lifetime of fun no matter your age, grade or ability.”

Paul & Alex would like to take this opportunity to thank the wider Judo family for the support shown to them in the run up to the World Kata Championship.