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The German Open took place in the middle of Germany in a small town called Erfurt in mid-September.
Kristina Mah got through the first round easily with a 3-0 victory. In the second, she fought Austrian, Alisa Buchinger, and unfortunately wasn’t able to get passed her, conceding defeat, the full time score was 1-3. Buchinger made it through to the finals, allowing Kristina to fight competitors from the Netherlands and Italy to win the Bronze.

The final results were:
Kumite Damen -61 kg
1- Buchinger Alisa, Österreichischer Karatebund, AUSTRIA
2-Kornfeld Noemi, SKF Nationalteam ZH, SWITZERLAND
3-Kaup Stefanie, Österreichischer Karatebund, AUSTRIA
3-Mah Kristina, Miyagi Kan, AUSTRALIA
5-Gabrich Claudia, SEI WA KAI Team, GERMANY
7-Imdat Tülay, Sportstudio Dietzenbach HES, GERMANY
7-Berrouba Bahija, KaratedoBondNederland, NETHERLANDS

Congratulations to all the competitors for their results over the weekend in Sydney!

Miyagi Kan (and friends) results will be added to this post asap.

But here is a .pdf of a list of the FULL Results of the 2010 WesTrac National Karate Championships

(Thanks to Petar Georgieff for his photos)


President’s Cup Men’s Team, Iran (September)
This an all male competition and Australia is sending 5 competitors to compete in individual and team kumite events.
Tsuneari Yahiro (-60kg male kumite)
Shannon Barton (-67kg male kumite)
Serge Mykhaylenko (-67kg male kumite)
Leon Romary (-75kg male kumite)
Tommy Hallam (-75kg male kumite)

WKF World Championships Team, Serbia (October)
Tsuneari Yahiro (-60kg male kumite)
Kristina Mah (-61kg female kumite)
Leon Romary (-75kg male kumite)
Jessica Bratich (-68kg female kumite)
James Giuliano (male kata)

Jonathan Caruso (VIC) (Cadet Male -52kg)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Korea 3-1 WIN
Round 3: AUS v Bulgaria 1-0 WIN
Round 4: AUS v Italy 0-4 LOSS
Repecharge 1: Tunisia v Switzerland 4-0
Repecharge 2: AUS v Tunisia (referee decision) WIN
Repecharge 3 (Bronze Medal Match): AUS v France 1-4 LOSS
RESULT: 5th place

Amy Lea (VIC) (Junior female -59kg)
Round 1: AUS v Hungary 1-3 LOSS
No Repecharge

Megan Edwards (WA) (Junior female +59kg)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Senegal 4-0 WIN
Round 3: AUS v Spain 0-1 LOSS
No Repecharge

Joseph Byrne (VIC) (Junior male -55kg)
Round 1: AUS v Hungary 0-2 LOSS
No Repecharge


Seira Yahiro (Under 21 Female -53kg)
Round 1 : AUS v Slovakia 1-0 WIN
Round 2 : AUS v Canada 2-0 WIN
Round 3: AUS v Japan 0-2 LOSS
Repecharge 1: Scotland v England 1-0
Repecharge 2: AUS v Scotland 0-2 LOSS

Shaneel Chand (Under 21 Male -78kg)
Round 1: AUS v Slovakia 0-0 [Loss by decision]
No Repecharge

Arika Kanazawa (Junior Female -53kg)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Norway 4-0 WIN
Round 3: AUS v England 2-1 WIN
Round 4: AUS v Bosnia Herzegovina 0-1 LOSS
No Repecharge

Georgi Georgieff (Under 21 Male +78kg)
Round 1: AUS v Turkey 1-9 LOSS
No Repecharge

Michael Pearn (Under 21 Male -68kg)
Round 1: AUS v Palestine 6-0 WIN
Round 2: AUS v Mexico 0-1 LOSS
No Repecharge

Aaron McMahon (Junior Male -76kg)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Turkey 0-2 LOSS
No Repecharge

Amber Wilson (VIC) (Under 21 Female +60kg)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Slovakia 0-1 LOSS
No Repecharge

Samantha Simion (VIC) (Junior female Kata)
Round 1: BYE
Round 2: AUS v Serbia WIN
Round 3: AUS v China WIN
Round 4: AUS v Peru LOSS
No Repecharge

Rafe Wilson (VIC) (Junior Male Kata)
Round 1: AUS v USA LOSS
No Repecharge

Final Australian Medal Tally:
Kristina MAH – Gold (55-61kg female kumite)
Tommy HALLAM (QLD) – Bronze (70-75kg male kumite)
Megan EDWARDS (WA) – Bronze (+59kg 16-17years female kumite)

What a packed 7 days we had! After landing on Tuesday morning at 7AM after a over 24 hours of travelling… we went straight to the hotel to meet the rest of the team for training at 10AM! The team trained in a small dojo about 15 minutes away from our hotel. Everyone was in high spirits from the get go and this team spirit was built upon as the week progressed.

There were quite a few of us from the Aussie contingent including the President of the Australian Karate Federation, Sensei Michael Kassis, the coaches: Shihan Barounis, Marco Mezzanti from Melbourne, and Stephen Kelly from Brisbane; referees: Jeanette Lynch from Perth, Con Papanikolaou, and Peter Szalsy, also from Perth, and the team manager, Hani Zahra. As well as this, there were our appointed cheer quad of parents and family and of course the team. So a sizeable group who were all looking good, fresh and ready for the competition on the weekend.

The team met twice a day for training and stretching sessions and also for dinner. All this ‘bonding’ time definitely brought everyone closer together as everyone got to know others who they hadn’t previously talked to much at competitions. It was really nice to have everyone together so often and I’m sure the team would agree that this played a big part in building our morale for the weekend ahead.

The competition took place over 2 days, with all the kata events on Saturday as well as some of the Cadets and senior team Kumite events. The kata team were quite successful with John Georgas narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in the Cadet Boys kata, and Rhys Scott, Maki Kamada, Renee Caruso and Sarah Cayed all easily getting through their first rounds.

Unfortunately, none of our teams made it through to medal rounds. Both men’s teams losing in the first round, and the women’s team defeated in the 2nd round.

On Sunday, the rest of the team competed in their individual events.

Shaneel CHAND:
Shaneel fought Denmark first. He managed to come back with a sensational mawashi-geri to the head to equalise at 4-4 with him, although lost several points from penalties in the last 30 seconds and was not able to make another come back as the time ticked down. The final score was 4-7.

Kristina MAH: Kristina fought Germany first, easily getting through this round, 5-0. She then fought Denmark, and came out with another win, 4-0. The semi finals was against the Colombian, Lina Marcela Gomez, this was a tough fight, and Kristina pulled off a win of 6-2 to save her a spot for the finals later that day. In the finals, she fought the Croatian, and held out to take out the division with a 3-1 victory.

Matt TICKLE: Matt drew 2 all in his first fight against the Chilean in the Men’s Team event. Unfortunately though, his team lost their round on a count back. In his individual event, he had a BYE in his first round. He went into the second round eager for a fight, and easily defeated the Danish competitor 4 – 0 . In the 3rd round, Matt fought Hungary. The fight was close and even after the extended time, the score remained locked at 0-0. He lost by a flag decision.

The trip was incredibly fun and everyone had an amazing time with great memories to take away from it, as was predicted. With the Junior World Championships on the horizon, there wasn’t much time for celebration (even though the team managed to get through the night with some celebration ;)). After a hearty team dinner at our favourite restaurant in Copenhagen, Wagamama, some kicked on in the lobby of the hotel singing songs, and some even performed kata on the city streets, everything met with a lot of laughter and all in all a great note to end the week on.

It was a great trip, even though in some parts quite exhausting, new friendships were formed and old ones reinforced not only with the outstanding unity of the Aussie Team, but also on the international stage, as even the coaches and referees mentioned, the comments from other teams’ coaches and refs about our team spirit throughout the competition.

So now… it’s all eyes on Morocco…

Some news that was reported over the weekend was that Shaneel Chand won a Silver Medal in his division, 70-75kg male kumite in the Sugihara Cup at Auckland.
He fought a competitor from Turkey in the finals, with the final score, 2-6.

From the Miyagi Kan camp we are proud of all the competitors this weekend for fighting their hearts out. We had a smaller contingent in the NSW State Team than usual, but of course, there were outstanding results and we only are only looking forward where so much more is on the edge of being achieved.
Results from the competition are as follows:

Nathan Economou: Gold (11 yrs Boys Kumite), Bronze (11-14 yrs Mixed Team Kumite)
Ihaka Nolan: Bronze (63-70kg, Cadet Male Kumite)
Jonnie Economou: Gold (+70kg, Cadet Male Kumite)
Eugene Orlov: Bronze (-52kg, Cadet Male Kumite)
Omar Nourredine: Bronze (-52kg, Cadet Male Kumite)
Arika Kanazawa: Bronze (48-53kg, Junior Female Kumite)
Affif Nourredine: Silver (55-61kg, Junior Male Kumite)

Seira Yahiro: Gold (-53kg, U21 yr Female Kumite), Gold (50-55kg Senior Female Kumite) Gold (U21yr Female Kata), Bronze (Senior Female Open Kumite)
Shaneel Chand: Silver (68-74kg Senior Male Kumite), Silver (65-70kg U21yr Male Kumite)
Tsuneari Yahiro: Gold (Senior Male Open Kumite)
Kristina Mah: Gold (55-61kg Senior Female Kumite), Silver (Senior Female Kata)
Matt Tickle: Silver (+84kg Senior Male Kumite)
Richard Flemming: Bronze (Men’s Veteran Kumite)

Senior Female Team Kumite (Seira Yahiro, Kristina Mah, Olivia Hale): GOLD
Senior Male Team Kumite (Georgi Georgieff, Matt Tickle, Todd Usher, Tsuneari Yahiro, Shaneel Chand): GOLD

The Junior National Team was announced this weekend at “The Dome” in Adelaide. Seira Yahiro was given the awesome responsibility of captaining the team that will compete at the Cadet and Junior WKF Championships in Rabat, Morocco in November later this year.
The Miyagi Kan contingent will consist of:
Seira Yahiro (-53kg under 21yr female kumite)
Shaneel Chand (-70kg under 21yr male kumte)
Arika Kanazawa (-51kg Junior female kumite)
and Shihan George Barounis as coach.
For the people who missed out on selection for this competition, just remember that you will only be stronger, hungrier, and smarter for the next round of National Team Selections. You will have your time and you should continue to work to achieve your goals.

The team for the Copenhagen Open was also re-announced. From Miyagi Kan, there will be:
Shaneel Chand (-74kg Senior male kumite)
Kristina Mah (55-61kg Senior female kumite)
Matt Tickle (+84kg Senior male kumite)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be attending this event and it could be pivotal for the future of karate in the Olympic Games.

(Thank you Petar Georgieff for some of these photos! You are a very reliable documentor!)

wkf 2008, tokyo

Well, it certainly has been a long time between updates, and management sincerely apologises for this!
I see that you have been checking out blog out for the past month, waiting for change, and seeing none… So get ready for an onslaught of news.

The 19th WKF Senior World Karate Championships were held in Tokyo in November, and 4 members of our club participated in this event. On the weekend before we left to go overseas, the National Executive took the whole National Team out for dinner. An historical event, since it was the first time that that had ever taken place in the history of the Australian Karate Federation.
The captain of the team was also announced at the dinner, and as it turns out… The captain of the Australian National Team for 2008 is Mr. Fotios Barounis.

Foti was very proud to be the captain of this team and his leadership and support in and out of the competition arena proved his captaincy to be well deserved.

The competitors selected to compete in Tokyo from Miyagi Kan were:

Tui Nolan (Men’s Open)
Foti Barounis (-75kg Men’s Kumite)
Tsuneari Yahiro, and (-60kg Men’s Kumite)
Kristina Mah
(-60 female Kumte, Women’s Open Kumite, Women’s Team Kumite)

Shihan was there as National Coach, and we were surrounded for the first time with a cheer squad – Sensei Chris Bishop, Frank, Eleni and Con joined us over the 4 days of competition and were a great support to us over there.

All of the competitors gave it their all, but unfortunately, for another year, the podium has eluded us. We seem so close now, and you have to wonder what’s holding us back! For now it’s back to the drawing boards but all in all we had a wonderful time and experience in Tokyo.
The final results are:
– Tsuneari Yahiro: 2nd Round defeat (Canada)
– Tui Nolan: 2nd Round defeat
– Foti Barounis: 2nd round defeat (Serbia)
– Kristina Mah: 3rd round defeat (Serbia) [-60kg], 2nd round defeat by hantei (Mexico) [open], 1st round defeat (Canada) [women’s team]

The results do not reflect the voracity of the athletes on the day, and while the next world championships is still 2 years away, it is not far off to say that these competitors will be a driving force within the Australian karate scene and abroad in 2009.

national coaches with executive

National Team

opening ceremony

Well done to Sensei Craig Nordstrand the NZ crew for their results at the New Zealand National Karate Championships and also to the boys who were selected for the National Team.

The participants from Miyagi Kan did an awesome job at the NZ National Karate Championships. Miyagi Kan contingent at NZ Nationals included: Thomas MACKIE, Shane TREGIDGA, Cody ROUSE, Vincent ROBSON, Sophia HOTO, Anzac TIPENE, Arnav SHETTY, Asher LAFAELE-EDWARDS.

The Miyagi Kan Medal Tally from the the NZ National Championships stands as follows!


7 Silver

3 Bronze

Also, following the completion of the Championships, the NZ National Team was announced for the upcoming Oceania Championships. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Aidan Carr

  • U21 yrs Male Kata
  • Senior Men’s Team Kata
  • -75kg Senior Male Kumite

Shane Tregidga

  • 14-17 yrs Team Kata
  • -61kg Junior Male Kumite

Cody Rouse

  • Senior Men’s Team Kata
  • 14-16 yrs Male Team Kata

Thomas Mackie

  • 14-16 yrs Male Team Kata
  • -70kg Male Cadet Kumite

Vincent Robson

  • Reserve for U13yrs Boys Kumite

Great work and keep training hard!

Looking forward to meeting up in Auckland very soon!

Medal Tally

23 Gold

10 Silver

17 Bronze

What a tremendous effort from everyone! There were standout performances from all dojos from Sydney, Lismore and New Zealand! A special mention should go to the Junior and Senior Teams…. because these wins were satisfying and brought out the best in us.

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the competitors for putting in their best performances on the weekend.

It was great to catch up with everyone and it looks like we’ll be seeing you again soon in September for the Oceania Championships.

See the Results page for details of the divisions.

And finally, I am still collecting photos from the weekend to put on the site – if you would like to contribute a photo or two (or more), please don’t hesitate to email them to me: Thanks!

We returned home from a LONG journey… probably the longest I have ever had in one go. But we made it home…. all I can say is that renting out shower rooms was an ingenious idea from the staff at Narita Airport.

The competition was a high level in both tournaments and it was great to be able to kick the year off with this great experience.

Dutch Open, 8 – 9 March 2008. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

JAMES GIULIANO (Men’s Kata)….. James was finally able to spread his wings and do a 6 kata epic performance. He defeated tough competitors from the Czech Republic and Sweeden to get through to the finals. James performed Anan against the New Calidonian born Frenchman, Mihn Dahk’s Chatan Yara Kusunku. James has previously beaten Dahk at the Oceania Championships in 2006. But this time, France came out on top. The flags were 0-5.

FOTI BAROUNIS (-75kg)….. Foti was winning his fight by 2 points until the last second where a take down from nowhere came to see the final score as 2-3. Arguably, this happened after the full-time bell, but we didn’t have it clear enough on our video footage. Although the fighter was a strong competitor from Germany, he didn’t make it through to the finals.

KRISTINA MAH (-60kg)….Kristina won her first fight against Finland 1-0. Her second fight was against Tunisia. She lost 0-3. The Tunisian unfortunately lost to the current World Champion in this division from Slovakia who eventually finished 2nd to Venezuela in the finals.

LEON ROMARY (-70kg)….Leon won his first fight and got out of a tough spot. His second fight showed him to be much more in control and scoring more convincingly. Unfortunately he lost a point in last seconds of the fight and his opponent lost in the semi-finals which counted him out of Repecharge.

james foti

Foti and James


James Giuliano – Silver, Men’s Open Kata

Intermission in France

Thank you to our friends from Sport Central Karate Club – Gilles Cherdieu and Darrich, and SIK, Paris – Serge Chouraqui and Maxime – for taking us in for a couple of training sessions and making our trip even cooler.

The students at the club are so awesome to train with – we really hope that one day we will have to opportunity to train with you in Sydney and show you around here! Sab, Fatemeh, Amar and Hacen – thanks for the wonderful dinner – we took home some great memories from our short stay with you.


Training with our friends in SIK (Sporting International Karate), Paris.

Mohammed VI Karate Cup, 15 – 16 March 2008, Rabat, Morocco.

It was a refreshing change to feel the humid air in Rabat. Getting back to double figures in the temperature was exactly what our frozen fingers and noses were asking for.

The organisation of the event was great. Everything was paid for and taken care of as the Moroccan Federation said it would be. As far as the competition itself…

FOTI BAROUNIS (-75kg) —- Foti won the first round quite convincingly against Congo 2-0 although didn’t manage to hold of the competitor from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd round. He was leading in the first minute and a half when the Saudi competitor started to come back. The final score was 3-5. The final of the division was between France and Morocco. France’s SDRIC SIOUSSARON lost (not convincingly though) to HICHAM RAHI of Morocco.

TSUNEARI YAHIRO (-60kg) —- Tsuneari was fighting well on the day, and was just a little unlucky to have “the Moroccan Golden Boy” as his first round fight. The fight was close and ended in Hantei decision after extra time where the referee made a casting vote for Morocco. This fighter lost in the next round to Italy’s FRANCESCO ORTU who in turn lost to Frrenchman DAVY DONA in the Semi Finals. DONA eventually took out the division.

Tsuneari will be training in Japan and getting back to Sydney on the morning of the State Championships! Have fun and good luck training over there. We are looking forward to your stories!

MICHELLE WILSON (+60kg) —- Michelle had a tough fight against Portugal in the first round but couldn’t get through. The final scoreline was 6-7. The fight could have gone either way but unfortunately the clock wasn’t on her side this time around.

KRISTINA MAH (-60kg) —- Italy’s LAURA PASQUA was the first round fight Kristina had. She lost in a similar way she did to Tunisia in Rotterdam one week earlier. The scoreline even read the same (0-3). The Italian made it to the finals with Russian MARIA SOBOL which allowed Kristina to fight in Repecharge. She easily defeated Congo (9-0) and then Portugal (7-0) to secure a Bronze medal. SOBOL went on to win the division.

JAMES GIULIANO (Men’s Kata) — James made more heads turn with his stylish kata – he got through the elimination rounds defeating Kuwait and Portugual. He was once again going to the finals guaranteeing another “big-screen-kata-main-event” special. Italy was a surprise upset, losing in the first round to Egypt’s MOSTAPHA KHALIL. The Egyptian saw his way to the finals against Australia. James performed Chatan Yara Kusunko this time in the finals against KHALIL’s Empi. Everyone held their breaths as the whistle went off, but the final score was 1-4 (Egypt). Still, it was a great result of Silver for Jewlz. Good Luck in Italy!!!! Turn the competition into bolognese!!

Thanks to Shihan and Sensei Con for their guidance and help throughout the 2 weeks.

For now, it’s back to the drawing boards, but we are more motivated than ever…

kris shihan

Kristina Mah – Bronze, -60kg Women’s Kumite


Final dinner in Rabat. (left to right: James, Tsuneari, Foti, Kristina, Shihan)

OK… So NEWS JUST IN for Day 3(the final day – Sunday 21st Oct ) of the Junior Worlds in Istanbbul…

Here is what our sources have told us so far: (Again, I apolgise for not having all the info about all the AUS competitors, I can only publish what I have heard).

Well done Tsuneari – for making it to the 3rd round (Round of 16)!!

 Juniors -60kg (Male) (48 competitors): (AUS competitor – Tsuneari YAHIRO– 3rd round)

1st Place: K. Ahmed (EGYPT)

2nd Place: N. Bitsch (GERMANY)

3rd Place: R. Mcmillan (ENGLAND) 

3rd Place: S. Ainine (FRANCE)

Juniors -70kg (Male) (61 competitors): (AUS competitor – Ashil PATEL – NO NEWS YET)

1st Place: I. Shirinov (AZERBAIJAN)

2nd Place: R. Sadikovs (LATVIA)

3rd Place: I. Cvetkovski (FYROM)

3rd Place: G. Tzanos (GREECE)

Junior -80 Kg (Male) (45 competitors): (AUS competitor – Asen D’JAMIRZE – 2nd round + 2 rounds of  Repecharge = Top 16)

1st Place: E. Erkan (TURKEY)

2nd Place: A. Mayorca (VENEZUELA)

 3rd Place: A. Martinez Alguacil (SPAIN)

3rd Place: M. Yariilzoleh (IRAN)

For the official results page and more stats and info click here.

Hi everyone!

The initial reports for Day 2 of competition (Saturday) at Istanbul are in! There is some great news!

While there are no medals (YET! – Juniors (18-20 yr olds) are competing tomorrow) what I have heard is that the team has done excellently all the same. Seira, Shaneel and Waka ALL reaching the 4th round in their divisions. That means a final result in the Top 8 in the WORLD or finishing in the round of 8! Congratulations!! We are very proud of you! Of course, more news and details will be known (and published) when we know more. Our source giving us the inside scoop is on site in Turkey with the team but the information is being reported and filtered through several channels so we will interview the athletes when they come home next week, to get their first – hand experience. Until then…. here are the results of the division that have been completed so far, as well as the results for the athletes. Apologies for not having info on all the team members, this is all that I have heard.

Cadet -75 Kg (Male), 44 competitors, (AUS competitor: Waka NOLAN; Result: 4th Round (Quarter Finals) + Repecharge for 3rd place = Top 8 )

1st Place: R.Araga (JAPAN)

2nd Place: A.Usda (TURKEY)

3rd Place: T.Lakehal (FRANCE)

3rd Place: I.Buric (GERMANY)

Cadet -70 Kg (Male), 43 competitors, (AUS competitor: Shaneel CHAND; Result: 4th Round (Quarter Finals) + Repecharge for 3rd place = Top 8 )

1st Place: K.Grillon (FRANCE)

2nd Place: H.Kawasaki (JAPAN)

3rd Place: N.Jovanovic (SERBIA)

3rd Place: N.Potur (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Cadet -57 Kg (Female), 34 competitors, (AUS competitor: Seira YAHIRO; Result: 4th Round (Quarter Finals))

1st Place: G.Perol (TURKEY)

2nd Place: N.Bratic (CANADA)

3rd Place: E.Shaposhnikova (RUSSIA)

3rd Place: M.Lenard (CROATIA)

That’s it for now… More news to come, as we hear it!!

For the official results page and more stats and info, click here.

Miyagi Kan Team – Team Kumite – GOLD

Tsuneari Yahiro – Men’s Kumite – GOLD

Michael Economou – Boys 15yrs Kumite – GOLD

Seira Yahiro – Cadet Female Kumite – BRONZE

Shaneel Chand – Cadet Male Kumite – SILVER

Waka Nolan – Cadet Male Kumite – Repecharge – Top 8

NICE WORK!! More news about the competition to come….

(This is the medal tally for our club – the total was calculated from individual and synchronized team results. To see all our awesome results in more detail, visit the Results Page) 🙂

GOLD = 17



TOTAL = 37 medals

Total Number of Divisions entered = 32