British International Championships 2014

Veras Academy bring home the medals from The British International Karate Championships!

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Yet again the Academy showed its class in one of the toughest events in the karate competition calendar. Competitors from all over the World arrived at The Emirates Arena in Glasgow  to compete for a podium position.

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The medal haul began with Mette McLarney’s bronze in the Female Veteran Kata Opens, followed by Liam and Luca Veras winning Silver in the U10 years pairs kata.

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The excitement continued as brother Luan Veras and team-mate Seyhan Cinar also took silver in the U12 years pairs kata.

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The Veras’ Academy juniors continued the success in the individual Kata events where Luke Kavanagh placed 5th in U14 years Kata in a category of 43 competitors and Luca Veras won bronze in the U8 years kata.

Then an amazing performance in the U10 years Kata by Liam Veras, consisting of several rounds, earnt the hard working student a coveted first place trophy and British Open Champion title!

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But that wasn’t all for Veras Academy. Liam and Luca Veras went on to win another silver medal in the U10 years team kumite closely followed by Luan Veras and Seyhan Cinar taking the bronze in the U12 years pairs kumite.

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Luca Veras then took the bronze medal in his individual kumite event.

Big brother Luan, competing in categories of over 40 competitors had to work hard, almost non-stop all day to achieve bronze in both the U12 -40 kg and also the U12 open. An amazing achievement!

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Elite competitor Andrew McLarney then took the stage in his first senior international championship in the U21 -68kg where he lost to the semi-finalist but then got within a whisker of the bronze medal position in the Senior -60 kg where he was in the lead until the final second when he unfortunately took a warning (jogai) and was eliminated.

Chief instructor Raphael Veras, who was at ringside for all his students, said ” I am very proud of my team.  After 8 weeks without training due to my trip to Brazil, teaching at seminars and on holidays with the family, 3 weeks of preparation has made us still achieve great results.  Not bad at all!”

LEICESTER KARATE ASSOCIATION WADOKAI OPEN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Veras Academy Karate Association travelled all the way to Leicester to participate in the Leicester Wadokai Open Championships on Sunday 22nd June 2014. 19 squad members from London and Essex clubs have hit the jackpot with a medal haul of 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze. The atmosphere was electric with parents and students cheering on their teammates.

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Sensei Raphael Veras said,” He was very happy with all the students’ performance, particularly with the little ones and would like to thank all the parents for their support.

The Veras Academy Squad consisted of teams in every category from 6 years and under to Veterans. Although medals were won in all categories, the highlight of the day was the 6 years and under team, making a clean sweep winning all medals in their category.

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Dylan Gibson (5) and Shay Yates (11)  were not so fortunate this time at the medal stake.

TABLE RESULTS:

6 AND UNDER KUMITE 1ST PLACE-LUCA VERAS (6)2ND PLACE-JACK GENTILI-WALSH (6)3RD PLACE-MAKHAE ROSENGROVE (6) AND ISAAC GIBSON(6)

7-9YRS UP TO 7TH KYU KATA

1ST PLACE – KAESY NAKPODIA(9)

7-9YRS UP TO 7TH KYU KUMITE

1ST PLACE- LUCA VERAS (6)

2ND PLACE- ANDREW EGBUNIKE (9)

3RD PLACE- KAYSE NAKPODIA

7-9YRS KATA UP TO 4TH KYU(GREEN BELT)

2ND PLACE- LIAM VERAS (8)

TEAM KATA 12YRS AND UNDER

1ST PLACE-LIAM VERAS (8), LUAN VERAS (10) AND LUKE KAVANAGH (12)

7-9YRS 4’3”  AND UNDER BOYS KUMITE

1ST PLACE-LIAM VERAS

10-12YRS GIRLS UNDER 4’8” KUMITE

2ND PLACE- LUCIENNE BROWN (10)

10-12YRS BOYS UNDER 4’8”

1ST PLACE- LUAN VERAS

2ND PLACE-LUKE KAVENAGH

3RD PLACE- EMRE(10)

10-12YRS BOYS UNDER 5’5”3RD PLACE- LUAN VERAS10-12YRS BOYS 5’5” AND ABOVE KUMITE3RD PLACE-DANIEL CHAMOUN(12)

TEAM KUMITE MIX 10-12YRS

2ND PLACE- LUAN VERAS, LUCIENNE BROWN AND DANIEL CHAMOUN VETERANS 35+ FEMALE KATA

2ND PLACE- METTE MCLARNEY

VETERANS 35+ FEMALE KUMITE

2ND PLACE-JACQUI CHAMOUN

3RD PLACE- BERNADETTE URRUTIA

3RD PLACE- METTE MCLARNEY

ELITE -71KG MALE KUMITE

1ST PLACE- SANAN ALIYEV(23)

ELITE -76KG MALE KUMITE

1ST PLACE- SANAN ALIYEV

 ELITE GRAND +76KG MALE KUMITE

1ST PLACE- SANAN ALIYEV

SENIOR MIXED TEAM KUMITE

1ST PLACE- SANAN ALIYEV

 

TOTAL: 25 MEDALS OUT OF 19 COMPETITIORS

 

VERAS ACADEMY JUNIOR KARATE TOURNMENT

Following the successful 4 Nations Bristish Championships  this month in Glasgow, our attention returned to our junior’s club competitors.

Saturday, 31st of May, It was our first junior club tournament of the year. More karate kids were taking part for the first time, trying their forms at kata, kickmaster and kumite in a competition environment, together with several of our young squad members were getting in as much practice as they can before the next regional championships in June.

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There were some excellent performances from both new and experienced competitors from Trussler, Ringcross, Netley, Toriano, St. Mary’s, Primrose and Essex clubs, all of which giving encouraging signs for the continued development of the Veras Academy Karate squad.

Kickmaster Challenge

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Each competitor simultaneously attacked their respective strike tower for 45 seconds.

The competitors who demonstrated the most skilful & powerful vigorous kick or hand techniques with Impact, were declared the winner, judged by 3 flags.

This was a great event for juniors who were just being introduced in to Kumite, as they acquired confidence by showing their own skills and what they are capable of.

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The youngest participant was Maggie Gentili-Walsh, only 3 years old. Awwww!

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A special gratitude goes to every parent and club members who have supported us all the way through putting this event together and helping us make it a success!

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Marco Correia(Camera Man)

Bernadette Urrutia(Canteen)

Sergio Gomes(Referee)

Kelsilene Perote( Cashier/Clerk)

Shaida Khaliq(Referee & table Assistant)

Andrew Mclarney(Referee)

Mette Mcclarney(Referee)

Dawn Kavanagh(Table Referee Assistant)

Muna (Canteen)

 

BKF British 4 Nations Karate Championships 2014

Four British Champion Titles returned home with the six students and chief instructor Raphael Veras. The BKF British 4 Nations Karate Championships are held each year in Glasgow, Scotland. On Saturday 17th, May 2014, the best of the four Nations(England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland) came together to compete against each other for a day at Emirates Arena until late in the evening. Many of this year’s divisions had up to 20 + competitors looking to capture the British Title.

This year students and instructor from Veras Academy Family brought home four of the coveted Titles.

This Year’s squad team competed in individual Forms (Kata), pairs Forms and individual Point Sparring (Kumite).

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Brothers Luca Veras (6) and Liam (8) boh double crowned by bringing home each two titles of their own in individual kata cahegories and pairs.

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Patricia Perote, Assistant Instructor, captured one title.

Luan Veras (10) and Lulu Brown were not so fortunate this year  at the medal stake.

ENGLISH KARATE FEDERATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Sensei Raphael Veras took a squad of 6 students from his academy, to compete at the English Karate Federation National Championships 29-30th March 2014 at Sheffield International sports arena.

Day one saw the juniors compete, starting the ball rolling Liam (8) won bronze in the under 9′s kata category.
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Next the brothers, Luan (9) and Liam (8) Veras won Gold in the Pairs Kata category.

Then Luan, Liam an Emre(9)won bronze in the team kata.
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In the Junior Team fight category, brothers Luan, Liam and Luca (6) fought valiantly to win Silver.
In the Individual fight categories, Luan won Bronze in the 9′s and under category.
Luke Kavanagh (11), a committed competitor, was unfortunate this time not to take a place.

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On day two Sanan Aliyev (23), showed great performance in the Male senior -67kg Elite Kumite category wining 1st round 6-0, 2nd 1-0, 3rd 2-0, 4th fight 3-0 but in the final 0-0 won a Silver by referees decision.

Veras Academy’s success is down to a high level of training facilitated by Sensei Raphael Veras, a member of the English National Kumite squad, and former English, British and World champion. Anyone interested in joining, feel free to visit any of our club’s locations.

UK Open Karate Championships-Birmingham 16th February 2014

Five members of the Veras Academy karate club brought back to London 3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals from the UK Open Karate Championships held in Birmingham Sunday 16th February 2014.

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Luan Veras(9) defeated all opponents  including his brother Liam(8) in the finals in both kata’s categories 4th kyu 9yrs and under and 3rd kyu and above 9yrs and under.

 

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Luca (6) the youngest of the brothers competed in the same category 4th kyu 9yrs and under and won bronze

In  the boys team kata up to 13yrs Luan(9) and Liam(8) put up a great form and won silver.

Then Luan went on with courage and determination to win in the 10-11 yrs. Individual fight category but lost in the final 1-0 after 6 gruelling fights.

In the final category of the day, Luan and Liam fought like tigers to win the team fight category.

Fidel Yildiz(9) taking part in a competition for the first time, although putting on a good show was unlucky in the medal stake.

Second Sakagami Challenge Open Kumite 2014

A squad of 12 from Veras Academy in London, including Head Instructor Sensei Raphael Veras, competed in the Leicester Karate Association Wadokai Second Sakagami Challenge Open Kumite, on Sunday 9th February 2014. Out of 12 competitors 9 achieved a total of 14 medals consisting of 6 gold, 3 silvers and 5 bronzes.

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 THE VA SQUAD TEAM AT THE END OF THE COMPETITION

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First fighter of the day was Paddy Gemmell (9) 7th kyu, won gold in the girls’ junior 7th kyu and below 7 years to 9 category followed by a silver medal in the  girls’ Junior Height 4’.4” and above 9 yrs. and below.

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 Then the youngest member of the squad Luca Veras (6) 8th Kyu, won gold in the boys junior 7th kyu and below 7-9 yrs fighting category, which was swiftly followed by a gold medal in the boys junior 7th kyu and below 6 yrs. and under fighting category.

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Next up were older brothers Luan Veras (9) and Liam Veras (8) both 4th kyu , competed in the boys Junior Height 4’.3” and above 9 yrs and under fighting category. With both boys winning their early bouts they faced each other in the final, with Luan taking the gold leaving Liam settling for Silver.

Liam Veras also fought in the Junior Height below 4’.3” 9 yrs. and below category and won bronze.

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In the senior ranks, Patricia Perote won gold medal with £100 cash prize and Mette Mclarney won bronze in the female veteran fighting category.

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Elite International athletes Sensei Raphael Veras (-76kgs) and Sanan Aliyev (-71kgs) both put in great performances.

Sanan continued his recent winning streaks, taking the gold.

Unfortunately as sensei Raphael was more self-conscious about his knee injury, he could not get the £100 winning prize like Patricia and Sanan, however he still managed to win a bronze medal.

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Against the odds due to sesnsei Raphael’s injury, the VA team fighters Sanan, Patricia and Raphael went on and yet managed to fight 3 teams and bring home the last silver medal of the day.

Lulu Brown (10), Kaysa Nakpodia (8) and Andrew Mclarney(16) although putting on a good show were unlucky in the medal stakes.