North South Championships 2013

North South Open Karate Championship 2nd February 2013

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North South Championships 2013 results

Sensei Oliver Brunton 7th Dan JKF

NI Karate Board & Chief Instructor of NIKW

What do the North South Championships give competitors?

“The event gives them an opportunity to compete at international level, without having to travel to other countries. It gives them the opportunity to involve themselves in the World Karate Federation rules and so get experience at what the rules are & what standard of Karate they should be performing.”


What opportunities does the competition event give officials & referees?

“It gives a chance for referees & judges to get more experience. It also gives a chance for those with limited experience of refereeing, a chance to come in and learn the practicalities & experience of refereeing in front of a big crowd. The standard has been pretty good throughout & these events only serve to enhance refereeing & judging standards as a whole in Northern Ireland.”


What do you think the chances are for Karate to gain entry into the Olympics in 2020?

“I think there is a big chance this time; we hope to find out later this year. We have been part of the WKF’s worldwide K is on the way campaign – to raise awareness. So the NIKB with its associated members have done their bit to raise public awareness & develop good Karate competition in Northern Ireland. Let’s hope it’s a good outcome!”



Craig Ryan – NIKW

16-17yrs Kumite champion 2013 North South Championships 2013 2nd February 2013

How did your fight in the final go?

“It’s important to get a head on points & stay there, I started off well against my opponent and I managed the fight, so he didn’t get any easy chances to get ahead on points,

I scored a yuko (one point) first, and then was able to get a good ippon attack, which got me three points. I then saw out the remaining few seconds of the fight.

The score ended up 4 – 0.

TJ Morris, was your opponent, wasn’t he?

Indeed, he is a tough competitor and very experienced at this level. This and previous bouts are always close, and I was pleased I came out the winner”


What do you think the North South championships do for competitors?

“I think it gives good competition experience, a chance to represent their club & compete in front of a crowd”


John McConville

Secretary of the Northern Ireland Karate Board (NIKB)

North South Championship 2nd February 2013


What do you think of the North south Championships?

I’ve been secretary for a number of years now, and have came to the event for a long time, its a great competition. It’s in its 23rd year now & it continues to grow in popularity among local & overseas competitors. The quality of Kata is excellent & gives good experience for the youngsters to compete in Kumite. There is always a good squad of competitors who come down to it.


What do you think the Competition does for the standard of karate & refereeing in Northern Ireland?

Obviously it is very good, because it allows the competitors to get to know each other, which helps when they Northern Ireland teams get together when going abroad or to the mainland UK, it builds up camaraderie, everyone gets to mix from different backgrounds and clubs and everyone learns of everyone else.


Philip Nulty

Referee – Drogheda school of Karate

North South Championship 2nd February 2013

What sort of experience do the North south Championships give officials & referees?

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for them to progress & gain experience that will help in their refereeing qualifications.”

What opportunities does it give the competitors you bring from your club?

“It’s an excellent opportunity, it’s a cross border event really, a cross community event, which brings people from many different backgrounds, experiences & at various levels of Karate together.

They get to mix with other people their own ages, spend time together in between waiting for their category to come up. They do some sparring in the warm up area, learning off each other and getting familiar with other accents, sharing jokes and different ways they are taught Karate. A great martial arts event, I hope the NIKW continues to stage for many years to come.”


Angela McCraken

Parent of Katelynn McCracken

North South Championship 2nd February 2013

How Many years have you been coming to the North South Championships?

“This is our first year, Katelynn is 6 years old.”

What categories did Caitlin enter & how did she do?

“She entered in Kata – 10th-7th Kyu and also the Kumite 6yrs-9rs old category. She got a bronze medal in both categories, so we are very proud & I think she is happy she done so well too.”


What do you think the championships give competitors?

“Its brilliant, its gives them not only a chance to mix with others from her own age, but those older as well, with children from diverse backgrounds, all, who can mix in a nice, safe arena. It gives her a huge amount of confidence to stand out on the arena on her own and perform on her own, in the Kata or of course with a competitor in the Kumite in front of a large crowd.”



Benny O’Boyle

Coach – Newcastle Karate Club

North South Championship 2nd February 2013

What’s it like, coming to the North South Championships?

“We bring a squad of about 20-30 students every year. We have been coming to the competition, for more than 10 years now.

It’s an international open tournament, so students from our club, start off with experience with competitions at local club level, and then there are Northern Ireland level above that; however this tournament is a level above that again. There are those from Republic of Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales, and sometimes further afield. It’s their first real experience at competing against competitors from different countries as there are very often fighters from other countries, outside Ireland.”

Do they get a chance to mix with others? How do you think it benefits them?

“They sit down, between their categories and chat away with others as if they are best mates. We have a few from girls from our club, and they have got to know a young girl from Scotland. They would see her every year, and this is the only chance they get to see her, but chat away and have a bit of a laugh when not competing.”

What does the event do to develop and raise standard of Karate in Northern Ireland, particularly with refereeing & judging?

“It keeps the standard high, as it promotes competiveness in a friendly, safe atmosphere. Particularly the cadet & junior categories have a very high standard. Some of the up & coming referees are getting to see, good technique, and so they instantly know it’s a good score. It’s really good for developing referees from this part of the world.”

Do you think it gives any kind of awareness for Karate, aiming to be part of the Olympics in 2020?

“All of our Kids have been wearing the “K is on the way” T-Shirt. So they are asked what’s that for?, and they can explain and tell people about the campaign.

There is a good buzz, especially the 12-15 year olds now – they could be winning tournaments now, like this one, and if they train & dedicate themselves, they could reach Olympic standard and perhaps be in with a shout at competing at the Olympics when they would be 20 – 25 years old.”