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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.
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.