Successful Inter-club Tournament 2022 in the year of the 50th Anniversary of Kofukan
On Sunday 6 November 2022, 100 competitors and their families descended on the Kwinana Recquatic Centre to compete in the annual Perth Kofukan Inter-Club Tournament. Feedback from competitors and parents was that it was a fun and friendly event, with many students walking away with a haul of medals around their neck.
Competitors aged four to 40 competed in kumite, kata and team kata events. All eight Western Australian dojos were represented, including a contingent of 11 competitors and two referees from our Kalgoorlie club.
The inter-club tournament is a developing event, giving any student a chance to get on the tatami (mat) and give it a go. It also gives instructors and brown belts more experience in official roles like refereeing.
2022 is the 50th anniversary year of the beginnings of Kofukan. To celebrate the occasion, a special cake was presented and every competitor received a cupcake in Kofukan colours! Sensei Don McKay, as Chairperson of the Kofukan Australia association, also gave a speech reflecting on the year and thanking volunteers, competitors and families for their involvement and support. Sensei Don also read out a message from our International President, Shihan Keiji Tomiyama (reproduced below the photos). The lunch break also included a board breaking activity run by Sensei Don involving all students,
As we wind down 2022 and look to 2023, Kofukan Karate Australia hopes to see more students involved in tournaments, including our next inter-club tournament and in open WA Karate Federation tournaments. Members and families are encouraged to continue fundraising by donating their cans through Containers For Change so that we can continue to buy equipment for members to use and subsidise entry fees.