A Great Day At The 2011 Sunshine Coast Championships

Once again thank you to everyone who helped make today a great success.  As usual from an organisation point of view we tried a few new things today in an effort towards the never ending and ongoing improvement to make our tournaments better for everyone.

This time we made the change with our beginner divisions from kumite skills triathlon to just kumite tag.  The kumite tag matches are proving to be really popular both with competitors and spectators.  Also the kumite tag matches are great entry level event for beginners to build up confidence and skills.

Previously we gave the beginners the chance to compete in both kumite and kumite skills triathlon.  But this time we decided that it would be good to make them choose where they best fit in terms of their confidence and ability.  While some competitors are a little bit disappointed with less opportunity to gain points towards the season rankings, it now both seniors and juniors alike the more level playing field rather than potentially tipping the scales towards beginners with more events to enter.

The other big change this time around was the way the divisions were determined.  Rather than just breaking up as usual we decided to mix it up a bit challenge some of the competitors who usually end up with small divisions.  We’ve had some good and bad feedback about this already, but we’re keen to get a bit more feedback about what we’ll do next time.  For some competitors it was an emotional ride as a result, but it definitely served the purpose of stretching some people who were starting to get a little bit too comfortable.  Need to discuss this a little more with other instructors and of course the students affected.

As usual a huge thank you to everyone who stepped up and volunteered their time to help set up, run the event and pack up.  A special thank you to Jim & Emma Moehead, Paul & Henrik Flynn who at the end of a long day came back to the dojo and unpacked everything and took it all upstairs into storage ready for the next tournament.

Anyway, here’s the bit that I’m sure everyone is waiting for… the results & season rankings.

2011 – QLD Tournament Circuit Points Table – Round 3

2011 Sunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Karate Championships – Results

We’ll add a few photos and videos later once we’ve had a chance to go through them all.  If you’ve got any great shots, please send them through or post them on facebook.

Great work today everyone.  Keep it up!