11th Sunderland Karate Championships

21 May 2022

On Sunday 22nd May we were delighted to see the return of the Sunderland Karate championships. This was the 11th year and it proved to be a very promising event...

On Sunday 22nd May we were delighted to see the return of the Sunderland Karate championships. This was the 11th year and it proved to be a very promising event for everyone who attended. Over 130 competitors, 150 spectators and many officials attended the event, all contributing to make the event so successful. Many congratulations to all of the competitors that took part, win, lose or draw, everyone conducted themselves excellently and were a credit to their clubs.

Thank you to all of the sponsors for their generous support. And finally a huge thank you to all of the Sendai Kushiro members, parents and supporters for their huge effort before during and after the championship that allowed for the smooth running of the day.


Full results


Senior Male Kumite 18 +

1st Tushan Joseph  - Leeds Shotokan

2nd Sam Light  - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Ethan Brown - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Nathan Brady - Leeds Shotokan


Male Kumite 15-17

1st David Windram - Kaze Chikara

2nd Arthur Shillaw - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Reece Harrison - Leeds Shotokan

3rd Joel Pollard - Ashington


Boys Kumite 11-14 5ft and Over

1st Jonny Luke  - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Benjamin Adie  - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Callum Caldwell - Ashington

3rd Arjun Narayan - Kaizen


Boys Kumite 11-14 Boys Under 5ft

1st Oliver Munro - Kaze Chikara

2nd Leon De Silva - Kaizen


Boys Kumite 10 and Under

1st Dawud Zarifi - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Niall Keen Jolly - Kaizen

3rd Jay Crosby - Blyth South Beach

3rd Louis Hanna - Leeds Shotokan


Girls Kumite 10 and Under

1st Abby Walmsley - Leeds Shotokan

2nd Emmie Ann Henderson - Ashington

3rd Olivia Bakun - Leeds Shotokan

3rd Frances Shawcross - Sendai Kushiro


Childrens Ippon Kumite

1st Dawud Zarifi - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Harshita Mahamuni  - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Kitti Shillaw - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Alex Goskova - Leeds Shotokan


Senior Ladies Kumite 16 +

1st Rebecca Adie - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Natasha Watkins - Durham University

3rd Liberty Vernon - Leeds Shotokan

3rd Cayleigh McCartney  - York Elite


Girls Kumite 11-15

1st Rojin Rafie  - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Kathryn Kerr - Sei Go Sei

3rd Sophie Gordan - Ashington

3rd Azhin Rafie - Sendai Kushiro


Childrens Black Belt Kata

1st Grace Snowdon  - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Megan Fox - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Arthur Shillaw - Sendai Kushiro

4th Jonny Luke - Sendai Kushiro


Children's Brown Belt Kata

1st Serena Matyas Sarri - Leeds Shotokan

2nd Kitti Shillaw - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Heather Smith - York Elite

4th Alex Evans - Kaizen


Children's Kata Novice - 4th Kyu

1st Johan Haniffa - Kaizen

2nd Jay Crosby - Blyth South Beach

3rd James Campbell - Sendai Kushiro

4th Elise Williams - Sendai Kushiro


Children's Kata Novice - 4th Kyu Under 10 yrs

1st Minujan Balachandran - Blyth South Beach

2nd James Campbell - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Gracie Hall - Sendai Kushiro

4th Louis Hanna - Leeds Shotokan


Adult Dan Grade Kata

1st Ethan Brown - Sendai Kushiro

2nd Sam Light - Sendai Kushiro

3rd Dylan Gibson - Ashington

4th Daniel Windram - Kaze Chikara


Adult Kyu Grade Kata

1st Kathryn Veroni - Shobu Kai

2nd Kelly Gardner - Ashington

3rd James McArdle - Shobu Kai

4th Scott Grierson - Shobu Kai


Mixed Team Kata

1st Sendai Kushiro A

2nd Sendai Kushiro C

3rd Ashington

4th Sendai Kushiro B


The Sammy Light Memorial Trophy for the outstanding competitor was awarded to Ethan Brown


Event sponsors

Leeds Shotokan 

Jill Kelly

Trish Bruce

Kaizen Kugb

Muriel Burns

Collin Schubert

Marty and Carol Olver

Sendai Kushiro Parents

Sue Johnson

Blyth South Beach Dylan and Gemma Gibson