Michael was our sole representative at this year’s National Championships, following in the footsteps of Brett Caswell, Andy Gould, Lewis Dolman and Ben Garside. Michael went toe to toe with those seeking to establish themselves as the best in the country.
Despite having fought for most of the year at -73kg, Michael managed to slip in to the -66kg category. This category was made up of 48 players, so a real test of character!
A bye in the first round secured automatic progression to the second round. A loss here by two waza-aris put Michael in to the repechage.
A great ippon throw to win secured progression through to the next contest, where Michael was ultimately armlocked by a Dan grade player.
Overall, a very credible performance from Michael, with a lot of positives and some areas to improve on ready for next year.