Swiss Karate Open Memorial Claude Sittinger 2015

Chief Instructor and head coach of the Veras Academy Karate Association, Sensei Raphael travelled with the junior squad to Switzerland to compete in the SWISS KARATE OPEN Memorial Claude Sittinger on Sunday, 01st March 2015.

Liam Veras(9) started the ball rolling winning  Silver in the  Kata(forms) U10 category

He then followed that with a gold in  Kumite(fight) category U10 -32kg.

 

 

Older brother Luan (10), although incapable of training to prepare for the competition due to illness, won Bronze in Kumite category under 12 +41kg.

The boys competed against clubs from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Macedonia.

Proud Dad and Coach, sensei Raphael said their performances were excellent, proving that they are on top of their category in Europe.

 

The third member of the team Seyhan Cinar was unfortunate this time but gave a great performance.

UK Open Karate Championships 2015

Magnificent results for Veras Academy Karate Association last Sunday 15th February 2015.

18 members of the Veras Academy Karate Association brought back to London 11 gold, 6 Silver and 10 bronze medals from the UK Open Karate Championships held in Dudley Sunday 15th February 2015.

With the total results Veras Academy Karate Association reached 1st out of 20 associations which medalled at the event.

LIAM VERAS 9 YRS OLD 

SILVER KATA MIXED 3RD KYU & ABOVE 9YRS & UNDER

BRONZE KATA MIXED 4TH KYU & BELOW 9YRS & UNDER

LUAN GOLD, SEYHAN SILVER & HARUNUR BRONZE

KATA MALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD MEDALLISTS.

TEAM KATA 10-13 YRS
GOLD-LUAN,LIAM & SEYHAN

Champions!!
VERAS ACADEMY TEAM A- LIAM, LUCA VERAS AND JACK GENTILI

BRONZE -VERAS ACADEMY TEAM B- DANIEL GARDNER, ANARIN & ISMAIL CINAR

 

TEAM KUMITE 9 AND UNDER
GOLD-VERAS ACADEMY TEAM A- LIAM, LUCA AND DANIEL
BRONZE VERAS ACADEMY TEAM B- JACK, ANARIN & NATHAN

 

TEAM KUMITE 10-12 YRS OLD
SILVER LUAN(10), SEYHAN(11) & LEO HUME(10)

 

 

SEYHAN CINAR 11YRS
GOLD KATA MALE 7TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD

 

LULU BROWN 10 YRS OLD
GOLD KATA FEMALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD
GOLD KUMITE FEMALE OPEN 10-11 YRS OLD

ANARIN JINDAL 8YRS
BRONZE KUMITE BOYS OPEN WEIGHT 9 YRS & UNDER

 

DONNA BLAKE
SILVER JUNIOR & SENIOR KATA FEMALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 16 YRS +

SENIORS CHAMPIONS!
JASMINE 2X GOLD 1X SILVER
PATRICIA 1X GOLD
DONNA 1X SILVER 1X BRONZE
METTE 1X BRONZE

Head Instructor, Sensei Raphael, former England squad member, Brazilian, English, British and World Shotokan kumite Champion was really proud of his association who competed. Few were new to this type of environment and done really well representing the association.

ISAAC GIBSON 7 YRS
BRONZE KATA MIXED 7TH KYU & BELOW 9 YRS & UNDER
BRONZE KUMITE MIXED OPEN WEIGHT UNDER 8YRS

Dylan Gibson (5), the youngest of all, although putting on a good show was unlucky in the medal stake.

 

UK OPEN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 RESULTS GOLD SILVER BRONZE
ISAAC GIBSON 7 YRS      CAT 1 AND KU 17
KATA MIXED 7TH KYU & BELOW 9 YRS & UNDER
KUMITE MIXED OPEN WEIGHT UNDER 8YRS
ANAIRIN JINDAL  8YRS
KUMITE BOYS OPEN WEIGHT 9 YRS & UNDER
SEYHAN CINAR  11YRS
KATA MALE 7TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD
KATA MALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD
LULU BROWN 10 YRS OLD
KATA FEMALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD
KUMITE FEMALE OPEN 10-11 YRS OLD
LUCA VERAS 7 YRS OLD
KUMITE MALE OPEN 9YRS & UNDER
LIAM VERAS 9 YRS OLD
KATA MIXED 4TH KYU & BELOW 9YRS & UNDER
KATA MIXED 3RD KYU & ABOVE 9YRS & UNDER
KUMITE MALE OPEN 9YRS & UNDER  √
LUAN VERAS  10 YRS OLD
KATA MALE 4TH KYU AND BELOW 10-13 YRS OLD
HARUNUR RASHID 13 YRS OLD 
KATA MALE 4TH KYU AND BELOW 10-13YRS OLD
KUMITE MALE 5TH KYU & BELOW 12-13YRS OLD
JASMINE POMEROY
JUNIOR & SENIOR KATA FEMALE 3RD KYU AND ABOVE 16 YRS +
SENIOR KUMITE FEMALE UNDER 68KG 18+
SENIOR KUMITE FEMALE OPEN 18+
METTE MCLARNEY   
VETERANS KUMITE FEMALE OPEN 35+
PATRICIA VERAS
VETERANS KUMITE FEMALE OPEN 35+
DONNA BLAKE
JUNIOR & SENIOR KATA FEMALE 4TH KYU & BELOW 16 YRS +
SENIOR KUMITE FEMALE UNDER 68KG 18+
TEAM KATA 9 YRS AND UNDER
VERAS ACADEMY TEAM A- LIAM, LUCA AND JACK
VERAS ACADEMY TEAM B- DANIEL, ANARIN & ISMAIL
TEAM KUMITE 9 AND UNDER
VERAS ACADEMY TEAM A- LIAM, LUCA AND DANIEL
VERAS ACADEMY TEAM B- JACK, ANARIN & NATHAN
TEAM KATA 10-13 YRS
LUAN,LIAM & SEYHAN
TEAM KUMITE 10-12 YRS OLD
LUAN, SEYHAN & LEO
TOTAL 11 6 10

EKF Kyu Grade National Championships 2015

Sensei Raphael, head instructor and sensei Mette took a team of 22 members of the Veras Academy Karate Association to the English National Karate Championships 2015 on Sunday 25th January at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre (Sheffield)

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Out of 22 competitors 17 achieved a total of 21 medals consisting of 2 gold, 8 silvers and 11 bronzes.The outcome has led Veras Academy Association to 9th place out of 44 associations competing.

Not bad at all for an association which has only been established less than a year ago.

Medallists have competed in their respective categories individually and as a team in Kata(forms) and Kumite(fight).

Jack Gentili-Walsh(7), Luca Veras(7), Daniel Gardner(8), Kaesy Nakpodia(9), Liam Veras(9),Luan Veras(10), Seyhan Cinar(10),Maria Chamoun(11), Daniel Chamoun(13), Ben Pomeroy(14), Elizabeth Hitchins(16), Andras Tamas(Senior), Sergio Gomes(Senior), Marcos Correia(Senior), Patricia Perote(Senior), Dawn Kavanagh(Senior) and Jacqui Chamoun(Senior).

Although putting on a good show Jamie Massie(7), Leo Hume(10), Paddy Gemmel(10),Lulu Brown(10), Andrew Egbunike(10) and Luke Kavanagh(12) were unlucky in the medal stakes.

 

Photo: Success at the EKF Kyu Grade Championships in Sheffield on Sunday for the Maldon club members of Veras Academy Karate Association. Each of the four students who entered returned with a medal. This is a great achievement because it was the first competition they entered as part of the Veras Academy squad! Gold in Kumite for Daniel Chamoun, Bronze in Kata for Maria Chamoun, Bronze in team Kumite for Jacqui Chamoun and Bronze in Kumite for Elizabeth Hutchings. Well done all of you :)

Happy sensei Mette  back at the at the club with Maldon  members of  Veras Academy Karate Association.

Each of the four students who entered returned with a medal.

This is a great achievement because it was the first competition they entered as part of the Veras Academy squad! Gold in Kumite for Daniel Chamoun, Bronze in Kata for Maria Chamoun, Bronze in team Kumite for Jacqui Chamoun and Bronze in Kumite for Elizabeth Hutchings.

Well done all of you

 

Veras Academy Karate Association is ready for two of the biggest Karate competitions of the year!

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In the picture
Top: Veras Academy Squad with Sensei Raphael Veras, front right
Bottom : Andrew McLarney and Jasmine Pomeroy
The Association’s squad members have been prepared well by Chief Instructor and Association Head, Sensei Raphael Veras. This preparation has included early morning training in London every Saturday, which for many students has meant leaving home at 6.00 am to train for two hours in Islington, followed by their usual class. This is in addition to their week-day training in the London and Esssex clubs. For some students this has amounted to ten hours per week.

Sensei Raphael has been pushing the students hard to improve their strength, fitness, technique, decision-making, tactics and most importantly, their mental attitude.

The big day for most of the squad is this Sunday where they will be competing at the EKF English Championships in Sheffield where they will face students from all over the country fighting for the title of ‘English Champion’.

Meanwhile two students, elite competitors Jasmine Pomeroy (English International) and Andrew McLarney (Veras Academy Instructor) will be in France competing in the Karate Premier League Paris Open, where they will face WKF world champions and medalists.

“We can always do more but I believe the students are ready now. They have worked hard, I am very proud of them all, and we are looking forward to seeing how they perform on the day.” Said Sensei Raphael.

Happy Holidays!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at Veras Academy! We have had a fantastic 2014 with some tremendous results and we are very much looking forward to a 2015 with more top results and especially the 2015 English and British Championships. We hope you have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.
Our sessions will resume as normal on  the 05th of January 2015.

Best wishes
Veras Academy Karate Association.

V VERAS ACADEMY KARATE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Results:

Boys 6-7yrs Kata                                                                       Kick Master 6yrs and under

Jack Gentili – Gold                                                                   Alexander Ogunsalu-Gold

Makhae Rosengrove-Silver                                                   Milena-Silver

Mahir Ahmed-Bronze                                                             Kian Marley-Bronze

 

Boys 8-9 yrs Kata                                                                    Boys 6-7yrs Kumite

Luca Veras(7)-Gold                                                                Jack Gentili-Gold

Daniel Gardner(8)-Silver                                                     Makhae Rosengrove-Silver

Ismail Cinar(8)                                                                      Alexander Ogunsalu-Bronze

 

Boys 10-12yrs Kata up to 5th Kyu                                     Boys 8-9yrs  Kumite

Kaesy Nakpodia-Gold                                                         Luca Veras-Gold

Dejuan Greaves-Silver                                                        Aneirin Jindal-Silver

Leo Hume- Bronze                                                              Daniel Gardner-Bronze

 

Boys 10-12yrs Kata 4th Kyu and Above                       Boys 10-12yrs up to 5th Kyu

Liam Veras-Gold                                                                    Kaesy Nakpodia-Gold

Luan Veras-Silver                                                                   Leo Hume-Silver

Seyhan Cinar-Bronze                                                            Andrew Egbunike-Bronze

 

Boys 13yrs + Kata                                                            Boys 10-12 4th Kyu and Above

Ben Pomeroy-Gold                                                          Luan Veras-Gold

Daniel Chamoun-Silver                                                 Seyhan Cinar-Silver

—————————                                                 Liam Veras(9)-Bronze

 

Girls 8-9yrs Kata                                                            Boys 13yrs+ Kumite

Kailah Assanah-Gold                                                   Ben Pomeroy-Gold

Belle Bautista-Silver                                                      Daniel Chamoun-Silver

 

Girls 10-12yrs Kata                                                       Girls 6-8yrs Kumite

Tayla O’Brien-Gold                                                      Kailah Assanagh-Gold

Lucienne Brown-Silver                                               Sienna Williamson-Silver

Maria Chamoun-Bronze                                            Bella Bautista-Bronze

 

Girls 10-12yrs Kumite

Tayla O’Brien-Gold

Lucienne Brown-Silver

Maria Chamoun-Bronze

LATVIA OPEN 2014

2014 has been a great year for the Veras Academy Karate team since becoming an official EKF approved Association. After brilliant results from regionals, nationals, British and International championships in France, Luxemburg and Germany, Veras Academy has gone even  further in Europe to be challenged  at the Latvia International 2014.

To conclude the year perfectly, on the 07th of December at the Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs in Riga,  Sensei Raphael led his junior team of 5 boys Seyhan Cinar(10) the Veras brothers Luan(10), Liam(9),Luca(7) and Jack Gentili-Walsh(7) to come back to London with 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.

It was a long and tough day for the team, as they arrived at the venue 9am and left it around 8pm.

Veras Academy Squad was the only association from the UK competing against Latvia, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia nationals.

Sensei Raphael said: “Eastern Europeans are true warriors and the result from our 5 members has proved that we are on the right path to make future world champions”.

Results

Team kata u10-Bronze(Liam, Luca and Jack)

 

Team Kata u12-Bronze(Luan, Liam and Seyhan)

Liam kata u10 bronze

Seyhan 7th kyu kata u12 -gold

Luca u8 kata- silver

Luca Sumo challenge U8 -28 -gold

Luca u8+25kg kumite-gold

Liam u10 -32 fight –Gold

Liam open kumite -10-silver

Luan open kumite u12 bronze

Luan +43 kumite-gold

Veras Academy at the EKF Squad Training

VA Karate Junior Squad has attended for the first time the EKF national squad training at the North Hertfordshire College. It was implemented for the first time to the 10yrs+ age categories as it was previously only offered to athletes from 13yrs and above.  Luan Veras(10), Lulu Brown(10), Saynan Cinar(10) and Luke Kavanagh(12)were the first ones to attend in their age range. They have grabbed this opportunity and were delighted to have taken part and trained with the England karate team. Other members from VA Squad Jasmine Pomeroy (19), Benjamin Pomeroy (13) and Daniel Chamoun (13) were also present.

Sensei Raphael quoted “It was a great experience for the future world champions. It was an opportunity for them to realise how hard they have to work in order to achieve a place within the England Team”.

Congratulations to the newest 9th- 4th Kyu karatekas!

North London Veras Academy Karate Club kyu grading, was held on Saturday 22 November 2014.

Sensei Raphael Veras, Head Instructor put the class through its paces one week before the grading, going through all the karate stances, techniques, combinations and forms as a final opportunity for checking details.

Students from Ringcross Dojo in Islington amongst students from after school clubs from Camden, Hackney and Brent schools were over the moon after passing their examination for a higher belt.

Sensei Raphael Veras, was pleased with every student, especially the young ones who showed a lot of commitment throughout the test.

 

Congratulations to you all!