The World Kata Championships in Franjurt am Main have been dominated by Japan. The Japanese couples were able to take gold in al five categories. Iran follows with fantastic results of four silver and two bronze.
Three European countries follow with medals. Italy represented by VOLPI Ubaldo and CALDERINI Maurizio won silver in Goshin Jutsu. Spain was able to take the bronze by VERANO Jesus and GONZALEZ Maximo. It was however the Japanese team to take the gold medal.
The Japanese are the standard in each competition. Italy won a second medal by PROIETTI Stefano and DI LELLO Stefano who took bronze in Katame No Kata.
The Romanian women ZAHARIA Alina and CHERU Alina won a bronze medal in Juno Kata. The winners from Japan however dominated despite an injury of Uke, but demonstrated a perfect kata.
A total of 121 couples from 25 nations took part in the five kata competitions.
Nage No Kata
1 – JPN SAKAMOTO Michito – YOKOYAMA Takayuki
2 – IRI NODEHI Mohammadali – FARZANEH HESARI Amir
3 – IRI FARIDIVOSOUGH Fathollah – KARIMINASER Hamidreza
Katame No Kata
1 – JPN KOMURO Koji – TAKANO Kenji
2 – IRI BAJELAN Mojtaba – ROUHANI ES FAHANI Sayed Reza
3 – ITA PROIETTI Stefano – DI LELLO Stefano
Kime No Kata
1 – JPN TAKEISHI Kenji – UEMATSU Koji
2 – IRI VALINIA Amir – GHADERI GARAKANI Jafarali
3 – IRI MAHMOODI Seyed Hossein – ROSHANAIE Hassan
1 – JPN YOKOYAMA Etsuko – OMORI Chigusa
2 – IRI SALARI Mohammad Hasan – SAHRAEI Mohammad Reza
4 – ROU ZAHARIA Alina – CHERU Alina
1 – JPN HAMANA Tomoo – YAMAZAKI Masayoshi
2 – ITA VOLPI Ubaldo – CALDERINI Maurizio
3 – ESP VERANO Jesus – GONZALEZ Maximo