NIKW success at World Wado-Kai World Cup

The NIKW sent a delegation of Karate-Ka to the recent World Wado-Kai World Cup, held in Nagoya, Japan on 15th – 16th August 2015

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Chief Instructor Sensei Brunton, led the team in the masters +50 yrs category. Competing at the age of 75 against others many years his younger showed leadership and dedication to life long practice of the art. He came up against Japanese finalist Koichiro Tagashira early on in the rounds and was pipped by the younger instructor from Japan.

Eddie McConnell, and Oliver Brunton Jnr entered the +84kg weight category coming up against tough opponents,  Medeu Raymkulov of Kazakhstan and France’s Adama Bagayoko respectfully. Both McConnell & Brunton fought well but the standard at the world cup was naturally of the highest level, and were beaten convincingly with their opponents making it through to the semi finals.

Oliver Jnr also entered the kata category, beating Indian Nanu Sangha.in the first round performing the compulsory, Seishan Kata. Next drawing Japanese’s finest Kata competitor, Shota Ito, Oliver choose Kata Chinto; however was unable to match the skill of his opponent. Ito went on to take gold and win the Senior male Kata category.

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Martin Bellod Blanes and Craig Ryan both competed in the -75kg category, where both fighters fought well beating opponents and making it through to further rounds.



Martin successfully beat Sujendra Kc of Nepal but couldn’t match the skill of next opponent Mike Massolo of France.


Craig was convincing against Nepal’s Kiran Dangol, beating 8,0, and was unlucky against Japan’s Yusaku Sakurai loosing 7,4 meaning narrowly missing out on a semi final place.

Undoubtedly the highest hope of medal success was reserved for James Brunton in the -84kg category.
A well controlled fight, he beat English fighter Martin Bladley in first round 4,3, with his next draw against Japanese fighter Naotaka Ishihama who was tipped to make it to the final. The home competitor took the fight to James, who after going in front fell behind in the dying stages. Seconds to go, James dominated the last seconds as the Japanese fighter stepped out of the area, leading to penalties, James was declared the winner. A more dominent fight by James in the semi final against Sri Lanka fighter Harinda Fonseka beating him 8, 0, James secured a final bout with Japanese opponent, Kai Kudo.
A tough fight lasting the full 4 minutes, the crowd appreciated two fighters on top form. Eventually James could not generate enough scoring opportunities loosing 5, 1 to the Japanese fighter.


James, Silver Medal -84Kg Male Kumite

James, Silver Medal -84Kg Male Kumite

A tremendous achievement for both James and the NIKW, highlighting, the possibilities and level of tuition that exist in the NIKW.










The trip to Japan was rounded off by a technical seminar after the competition, with all the squad experiencing tuition by the highest Wado Kai masters in Japan, such as Shinoda Sensei, Yanagida Sensei and Takagi Sensei. The tuition mirrored that given by NIKW chief instructor Sensei Oliver Brunton 7th Dan.

There were no surprises for NIKW Karate-Ka in what was being taught, as Sensei Brunton regularly passes on the same highest tuition taught in Japan to members of the NIKW.

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Sensei Oliver Brunton & James Brunton with Japanese Wado-Kai referee’s

Congratulations to the full squad for representing the association in what will certainly prove valuable experience to themselves and for future standing of the NIKW within the Wado-Kai.