On 31 May and 1 June of this year Kancho Soeno was in the south of France to attend a Shidokan Gala and blackbelt grading.
Shidokan GB had one fighter, Stephen Davidson, competing in ShidoBoxing.
This involved 3×3 minute fights in a ring following kickboxing rules with 10 oz gloves.
The fight went the whole way and the decision was made for the French fighter. There were two knockdowns, one from each side, and the decision was fair.
There were some amazing fights, some forgettable, and one truly memorable fight when Ametto from Paris fought an American Shidokan fighter 30 kg heavier than him!
On the Sunday morning Kancho Soeno held a black belt grading.
Despite broken ribs from his fight the previous night, Stephen Davidson distinguished himself in the grading and was awarded Shodan.
Steve Shipp from the London dojo was awarded Nidan, as was also Kevin Hone from the St Neots dojo.
Steve Fenwick from York dojo was awarded Yondan.
Some notable visitors with the American team were Shonie Carter from Shidokan Chicago and UFC fame, and Richard Trammel, former US champion, from Shidokan Atlanta.
In total eight members of Shidokan GB attended.