Sempai Tabatha Barnett
When I started Karate at WadoKai Worcester my aim was the learn how to defend myself, but I quickly found out there was a lot more to karate than I first imagined. So much to learn and so much to remember. It was harder than I expected but now its the highlight of my week, I have made so many friends at the club along with having opportunities I never thought possible, before WadoKai Worcester I had never been abroad but in 2023 I flew to Germany to represent the county and won!
I don't yet know what the future holds for me but I'm going to enjoy whatever comes next!
Sempai Tabatha began her karate journey with WadoKai Worcester in March 2019, she quickly progressed through the ranks taking on board everything she needed to progress. There were times that she found techniques difficult but it never stopped her resilience and determination which is what makes her such an incredible member of the team.
Tabatha was competing as soon as she could and it wasn't long til the medals came in! German Wado Cup Champion, North East open Team Champion, EWSKA Champion, East Midlands Open Bronze Medalist.... the list goes on and not to mention she has also won the most improved student of the year award from the county team. Tabatha continues to train several times a week, along with the Worcestershire karate team and is looking forward to more competition success in the future.
Sempai Tabatha has been awarded the position of Team Leader with WadoKai Worcester as she has demonstrated that not only is she a talented athlete but also a talented coach, helping take classes on a Monday evening little fighters!