The Kootenay Chito Ryu Karate Team of Megan Campsall and Sensai Scott Hutcheson performed brilliantly at the BC Karate championships in Burnaby last week.

Hutcheson golden at Karate provincials

Sensai Scott Hutcheson of the Beaver Valley and Rossland Chito Ryu Karate dojos won gold and silver at the BC Karate championships.

Chito Ryu Karate Sensei Scott Hutcheson captured gold and silver at the 2016 Karate Provincial Championships in Richmond on the weekend.

Hutcheson traveled to the Olympic Oval with the newly sanctioned Team Kootenay, which consisted of Beaver Valley Chito Ryu karate student Meagan Campsall and himself. The slight but potent Kootenay team joined nearly 500 competitors from ages six to 59 to compete in the event.

“We are now able to represent ourselves as our own Zone where we once were joined with the Okanagan/Thompson region and had to travel to qualify for the provincials,” said Hutcheson in an email. “KarateBC has adopted the same region system as the BC Winter Games and we can now represent for ourselves now.”

Hutcheson looked to win a third straight weapons kata in Men’s Masters Black Belt but a late entry foiled his prospects. Bayoneta Emerson of Abbotsford’s Isshin Ryu karate performed a mesmerizing Bo Kata that edged out Hutcheson for the gold.

“He (Emerson) did an incredible Sai Kata as a demo before our event and we all knew our event would be a battle. He performed an exciting Bo Kata none of us had ever seen; a rare Okinawan Kata performed beautifully and was worth seeing first hand. He edged me out from the gold by a mere tenth of a point so a silver medal this year is what we brought back to represent our Dojo and the Kootenays.”

But Hutcheson would come back in the kata. After being deadlocked with another competitor following their final round of katas, Hutcheson and his rival were put through the motions again to determine once and for all the victor.

“Our division tied equally in our match wins and losses so when they went to the number of flags won to break the ties it was also tied – a provincial first. So they added a couple judges and we dueled again.”

Hutcheson emerged undefeated in the second round to unanimously claim the gold.

J. L. Crowe student Campsall also performed well, placing fifth in Kata and Bo Staff weapons kata.

“In Meagan’s Kata Division she easily performed the best Seisan Kata I’ve ever seen her do against an equally executed Seinchin Kata losing her match (to the eventual winner) by a single flag,” said Hutcheson.

Sensei Hutcheson teaches karate at both the Beaver Valley and Rossland Chito Ryu Karate Dojos.

 

Just Posted

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmor Junction

Police bust drug operation in Castlegar

Man charged, will go to court in August

Vigil re-affirms belief in peace, acceptance in wake of New Zealand massacre

Nearly 100 show up for solemn event at Mir Centre for Peace

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open

But while Mueller fully ruled out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on presidential obstruction of justice

Woman wants Tofino to get a nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

Ice climbers scale Canada’s tallest waterfall on Vancouver Island

Ice climbers Chris Jensen, Will Gadd and Peter Hoang made history

New Coast Guard ship crashes into breakwater in Victoria

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

Sparks fly as SUV speeds wrong way down Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

B.C. doctor fined $5,000 for accessing records of woman pregnant with his child

Doctor admits to accessing records of the woman carrying his child

Video service to compete with Netflix, Amazon expected from Apple on Monday

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Edmonton judge to rule on whether Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Canada’s top court ruled punishment handed Khadr for alleged acts committed in Afghanistan when he was 15 was to be a youth sentence

Most Read