2019 saw 5 Internationally renowned instructors from all over the world visit Norwich.
In September, ESKA were again privileged to host another of Keio University’s Sensei. This time it was Hiroshi Toyoda Sensei visiting for his first ever-teaching trip to England.
WTKO Chief Instructor Sensei Richard Amos 8th Dan
Keio University Instructor Sensei Hiroshi Toyoda 7th Dan
WTKO Switzerland Chief Instructor Sensei Bruno Trachsel 7th Dan
SKCA Chief Instructor Sensei Tom Kompier 6th Dan
WTKO Germany Chief Instructor Sensei Frank Herrmann 5th Dan
Gradings – Dan Grades
This year ESKA students and instructors gained a record 64 new Dan grade promotions, that is 7 more than last year.
1st Dan: 53, 2nd Dan: 11.
Gradings – Tiny Tiger, Junior & Adult Gradings
We also had over 1,600 Kyu grade promotions…
…& 750 Tiny Tigers promoted to their next level.
National & International Competition Success
Once again ESKA has had a busy and very successful competitive year, attending 6 National & International competitions held by various governing bodies.
May – ESKF British Open Karate Championships, London.
Gold – 3
Silver – 3
Bronze – 7
July – TSKUK Open Shotokan Championships, Norwich
Gold – 22
Silver – 27
Bronze – 34
November – TSKUK Open Shotokan Cup, Basildon
Gold – 16
Silver – 15
Bronze – 12
June – WUKF World Karate Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Gold – 8
Silver – 7
Bronze – 7
August – WTKO Summer Camp, Gislaved, Sweden.
Gold – 2
Silver – 2
October – WUKF European Karate Championships, Odense, Denmark.
Gold – 3
Silver – 6
Bronze – 5
Gold: 54 Silver: 60 Bronze: 65
This also means ESKA is the home of 7 current Wold Champions as well as 8 European Champions.
Christmas Eve Fun Session
As always, the 2019 calendar was brought to a close with the last event of the year. The immensely popular Christmas Eve Fun Session.
This year’s event was no different with over 200+ people attending and getting involved with the festive fun and antics.
A fantastic end to a fantastic year.
We would like to thank you all for your support throughout 2019 and we are looking forward to seeing you for another successful year with ESKA in 2020.