Dutch WKF Karate1 Premier League - 10-11th March 2012
Japan's Rika Usami with Aimee
Karate Girl, Aimee Sell competed in her 2nd Karate1 Premier League
tournament being hosted in Holland. The originally planned 2nd Karate1
tournament for this year was to be in Milan, Italy replacing the former
Italian Open, but shortly after the 1st Karate1 tournament in Paris, the
tournament was switched to replace the Dutch Open which was being held a few
weeks earlier. So on Friday 9th March, Aimee set of to Dordrecht, Holland,
in readiness for the next day’s Karate1 Premier League competition.
This years Dutch Karate1 tournament was being held at a new sports venue, Sportboulevard Dordrecht. Couldn't tell if it was an improvement on the usual Dutch Open venue in Rotterdam as Aimee hadn't competed in the Dutch Open before, but it was quiet impressive as it included an ice rink, swimming pool and speed skating area.
As mentioned previously, each Karate1 Premier League event is massive and
the Dutch Karate1 tournament proved no different as it drew in some big
names from as far a field as Japan, USA and Brazil.
This was Aimee's first time competing in Holland so all new experiences for her. Competing in the Female Senior Kata event Aimee was pleased that she had been drawn in the same pool as Japan's Rika Usami and hoped to meet her in the 3rd round. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, as Aimee lost to the Slovakian competitor, Erika Hrusecka, who finished the tournament in 5th place overall.
Both athletes performed the same Katas, Bassai-Dai and the vote went
against Aimee 1 flag to 4. Still, managing a flag against her opponent at
this level whilst still being the youngest in the tournament is good and all
valuable experience for her.
Whilst Aimee was the only one from her club to attend, she wasn’t the only representative from England to make the trip. There were mixed results for the other England National squad members and English athletes. Congratulations to Natalie Williams on winning her second consecutive WKF Karate1 bronze medal and to Reece Taylor on his bronze in the Male Senior Kata event.
On Sunday 18/3/12 it's England National Kata squad training for Aimee followed by the Swedish Open at Malmo the week after.