Seniors National Championship, Deva 2010

Seniors National Championship, Deva 2010

Seniors National Championship, Deva 2010

Saturday, 24th of April 2010, the National Championship for Seniors took place in Deva. Our dojo was represented by 13 fighters and 2 referees, managing to win 9 medals: 1 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze, as well as a few placements in the top 5-8 fighters in various weight categories.

This year’s competition was a highly disputed one, with almost 200 participants. It was the first time that the Romanian Kyokushin Federation held a national championship in Deva. The competition’s organization was top notch and the crowd was rather numerous and enthusiastic.

In the female Kata competition ,A category ,sisters Paula and Anda Pop placed 3rd and 5th respectively. In the B category Fabiola Pop took 6th place. In the male Kata B category Bogdan Țițiu closely missed first place wining the silver medal. Mihai Evoiu managed to secure a surprising 3rd place considering kata is not one of his favorites. In the same category Alexandru Ciobică ranked 8th.

The kumite competition (B category) also brought very good results:

Mihai Cîmpian, member of the junior national team, fought one age category up in the senior -90kg category and won 2ndplace. With this result Mihai proved once again that he has a strong fighting spirit, but the real challenge comes in June at the Junior European Championship in Spain. In the same -90kg category Mihai Evoiu had to bow before the winner of the competition and finally came in 5th.

Bogdan Deteșan managed to win the -60kg competition, most of his encounters being won with waza-ari or ippon. A valuable result for Bogdan who, being only 18 years old, competed one age category up.

In the -70kg category Dorin Rus won second place after a very clean overall performance, with many fights ended by him before the round’s time limit. In the same category Adrian Pop -only 17 years old- had an exceptional fight, losing only due to his lack of experience after 3 grueling rounds with several occasions where he was very close to defeating his opponent. The same lack of experience marked Alexandru Ciobîă’s performance: after managing to score a nice head waza-ari at the beginning of the fight he lost focus and was surprised twice with the same technique towards the end of the round, thus losing the confrontation. We must mention that the -70kg category was the most disputed category in the competition with 18 fighters lining up for its start. Both Adi and Alex placed in the top 10 fighters.

In the -80kg category Bogdan Țițiu ranked 5th and Dan Mariș ranked 9th. Both fighters were at their first national competition and performed well, gaining important experience for future competitions.

The girls also made themselves noticed:

In the +65 B category Fabiola Pop had an excellent performance with difficult fights. Fabiola won silver when losing the final after 2 tied rounds due to the weight difference between her and her opponent.

In the -55kg and -65kg categories Ruxandra Nechifor and Dana Ciobotariu both came in 3rd, each being at their first competition.

In the +65kg A category Paula Pop ranked 2nd. The final ended prematurely due to Paula’s knee injury.

At the end of the competition C.S. Kyospirit Cluj Napoca placed 2nd in the overall ranking, with 9 medals won.

Pictures and videos from the competition are available here.

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