EKF NATIONAL TITLES FOR VERAS ACADEMY KARATE CLUB!

In the picture from left to right:

Andrew McLarney, Ben Pomeroy, Ross Mathieu, Sensei Raphael Veras, Jasmine Pomeroy and Andras Tamas

The Veras Academy Competition Squad made their club very proud at the English Karate Federation National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of April 2015 bringing home five hard won medals!

The results were:

Gold for Ross Mathieu in the -60kg Senior Male Kumite

Gold for Ben Pomeroy in the 14 to 15 years -57kg Kumite

Bronze for Andras Tamas in the -75kg Senior Male Kumite

Bronze for Jasmine Pomeroy in the -61kg Senior Female Kumite and also Bronze in the -61kg Under 21 years Female Kumite.

Also competing for the squad was Andrew Mclarney   who came fifth place in the -60Kg Senior Male Kumite.

This squad of international competitors, have been working extremely hard for this competition under the very tough training regime of dedicated Association Head Instructor, Sensei Raphael Veras who said:

“ I am extremely proud of my team. Each one is working towards individual  long term goals and this competition was an important part of that journey. Each one of them performed to their best ability and I could not ask them for more than that. I am very happy.”

 

Veras Academy is a traditional Shotokan Karate club with a strong emphasis on competition with students competing in both Kata and Kumite events. Classes are held in Poplar, Islington, Hackney and Essex.

March and April 2015 Grading

Congratulations to all new kyu grade students!

 

First grading of the year 2015

14th March  graduands from Hackney, Islington and Camden Karate Clubs.

 

14th March graduands from Maldon Karate Dojo

28th March Graduands From Islington and Camden Karate Clubs

 

07th April Graduands from Tower Hamlets Karate Club.

Elbe Cup 2015- Hamburg- Germany

Once again Veras Academy Karate Association reaches the top of the list! Out of 53 associations from Germany, Holland and Norway competing at the Elbe Cup 2015, they have reached first place.

Veras Academy competition squad travelled to Hamburg to compete on the 21st March 2015. Sensei Raphael said; “Although it was a long day, it was well worthy to see his association reaching the top and have other instructors from other countries recognising his hard work through his students”.

Out of 11 competitors nine brought back to England 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 bronze trophies.

 

Competitor of the day Liam Veras(9), 4 golds.

1st Place

Team kata 10-13 years (Liam(9), Luan(10) and Seyhan(11))

Team Kumite U10 (Luca Veras, Liam Veras and Ismail Cinar)

Team Kumite 10-13 years (Luan Veras, Luke Kavanagh (12) and Seyhan Cinar)

Luca Veras individual Kumite Under 8 years

Liam Veras Individual kata and Kumite  under 10 years

Luan Veras Individual Kata 6-4kyu 10-13 years

Seyhan Cinar Individual kata up to 7th kyu 10-13 years

2nd Place

Luca Veras Individual kata Under 8 above 7th kyu

Ismail Cinar individual kata Under 8 up to 8 kyu

Ben Pomeroy individual kata 14-15 years

Patricia Perote Veras Veterans Kumite

3rd Place

Luan Veras individual Kumite 10-13 years -52KG

Ben Pomeroy 14-15years individual Kumite

Jasmine Pomeroy 18 years and above individual kata

8TH OPEN JEUNES D’ORLEANS-FRANCE 2015

Considered one of the most challenging children’s karate competition in France, this weekend the youngsters from Veras Academy karate Association Luan, Liam and Luca Veras fought with more bravado than adults.

The standard at La Source Ville d’Orleans was exceptional. Irrespective of which country was being represented, the young competitors gave it their all .

Liam(9) won first place in his category consisting of 28 contestants – 30Kg 8-9yrs old category, winning his fights 8-0 in the first round, 7-2 in the second, 6-3 in the semi-final and winning the final 7-3. This was such a great joy for Liam, as last year he came back with no medal.

 

Luca(7), who fought in the same category was unlucky after getting through the first round winning his fight 7-0, but lost in the second round 4-5.

 

Luan(10) the eldest of the three brothers competed in the – 45kg 10-11yrs old category won silver having won his first fight 5-0, second 2-1, 2-0 in the semi-final and drew 1-1 in the final, however the referee’s decision was given to his opponent a French national.

Last year Luan came back with gold. The boys fought fantastically well.

Sensei was as usual coaching each boy as they competed is really proud for his sons’s achievements and is positive that by putting them through tough challenges they will conquer the WKF World titles or even Olympic titles if Karate is included into the Olympic Games.

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