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Karate Academy Scotland’s Elgin and Forres clubs shine at Grampian and Northern Karate Association competition and course


By Craig Christie

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Six martial arts clubs gathered in Elgin for a day of competitions and courses.

The Elgin karate event attracted more than 80 competitors.
The Elgin karate event attracted more than 80 competitors.

Karate Academy Scotland’s clubs in Elgin and Forres were represented in a kata competition and karate course held at Elgin Town Hall.

Action from the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.
Action from the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.

Clubs based in Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverbervie and Aberdeen also took part in the event, with the six participating clubs forming a Grampian and Northern Karate Association.

One karate youngster learns from instructors.
One karate youngster learns from instructors.

The Moray clubs are run by Sensei, John Craig who has been teaching locally for over 25 years and holds the grade of Yondan and Kase Ha instructors’ qualification.

Sensei John Craig demonstrates to members.
Sensei John Craig demonstrates to members.

He said over 80 people attended the Moray event, with the Elgin club’s haul of five gold medals being the highest.

Medallists at the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.
Medallists at the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.

The event was ratified with the Scottish Karate governing body, with Grade 3 coaches and grading examiners in attendance.

Sensei John Craig demonstrates to members.
Sensei John Craig demonstrates to members.

“This will now be an annual event with the next one being held at one of the other clubs dojos,” Craig said.

Action from the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.
Action from the Kata Competition and Karate Course in Elgin.

It has been a busy time for the Moray Sensei, who recently sat his 5th Dan grading in front of a panel of four Kase Ha Shihankai.

Sensei John Craig (second left) at his 5th Dan grading attended by instructors from across Europe.
Sensei John Craig (second left) at his 5th Dan grading attended by instructors from across Europe.

“This is a European association with the highest of levels representing the Karate of Master Kase,” he said. “The other Karate Ka attempting the grading were from Belgium, Germany, Kuwait and Poland.”


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