INTERNATIONAL UPDATE - Nathan Katz

Marrakech (Morocco) Grand Prix (8th March)

  • In March’s Newsletter, I reported on the boys’ training overseas from early January and Nathan’s match in the Grand Prix (GP) competitions in Tel Aviv and Dusseldorf. Nathan trained at the camp following Dusseldorf and then in Munich to prepare for the Morocco GP on 8th March. In this event, he drew Hamdaoui from Morocco (MAR). Frustrated in the opening exchanges, Nathan conceded a Shido early but good pressure saw him going into Golden Score up 2 Shidos to 1. GS went for nearly 4 minutes with Nath conceding his second Shido but he continued putting pressure on MAR who was also quick to counter. In the last exchange they attacked simultaneously, and the referee gave Nathan his third Shido.  Disappointing and not the way this match was supposed to go but Nathan will push forward and come back stronger. Nathan and Josh have been selected to and will compete in the Asian Pacific Continental Championships 19-23 April 2019 in Fujairah (UAE) as well as the Baku (Azerbaijan) Grand Slam 10 May. We wish them all the best for these Olympic Qualifying events.