Academy students excel in open karate championships

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Driffield Karate Academy completed yet another competition in exceptional style.

This success came when 11 members competed in the highlycompetitive Hull Open Karate Championships on Sunday July 12, where the standard was exceptionally high.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experience and in total Driffield Karate Academy came back with 4 gold, 6 silver and 11 bronze medals.

Driffield Karate Academy also had four members who won places into the Kata finals. For three of them, it was their first competition and they all returned with a medal.

Oscar Reed (6) earned a place in his Kata final then won a silver medal in his fighting section.

Sean Craven won the gold medal and Abbie Dixon (20) won the silver medal in their Kata section.

In the Pairs Kata events, age 10-14 years, Driffield A team consisting of Campbell Barnett (9) and Erin Thompson (12); and Driffield B team consisting of Thomas Rowland (13) and Daniel Verrier (13) took bronze medals, while in the 18 years and over the Driffield A team consisting of Aleisha Turner (14) and Maisie Thomson (18) took the gold medal.

Aleisha then went on to take silver medals in the under 14 years Kata; 15-17 Kata and her fighting section.

Maisie also had a fantastic day, earning bronze medals in both Kata and fighting and then taking silver in the team event.

Meanwhile Campbell won a gold medal in his Kata section and a bronze medal in his fighting section, winning his first fight in a spectacular six seconds.

Erin also earnt bronze medals in both Kata and fighting. Daniel won a bronze medal in his fighting section and a place in his Kata final along with Thomas.

Michael Rowland won a bronze medal in his kata section.

Kaitlin Barnett (10) did brilliantly to reach her Kata final.

All the students gave valiant performances and amazing personal achievements in such a highly contested competition, gaining valuable experience and confidence.

While some of Driffield Karate Academy’s younger (and older) students have been successful recently, Driffield Karate Academy is not just for children.

Both children and adults, male and female are always welcome. You can train one, two or three times a week with sessions available 19:00 Tuesdays at Driffield

Junior School, 18:00 Thursdays at Wetwang Village Hall and 12:00

Saturdays at Driffield Leisure Centre.

For more details contact Karen on 01377 272620.

Photograph from left to right: Sensei Karen Turner, Sensei Aleisha Turner,

Kaitlin Barnett, Maisie Thomson, Sean Craven, Oscar Reed, Erin Thompson,

Abbie Dixon, Sensei Michael Rowland, Campbell Barnett, Baby Caissa, Daniel

Verrier and Thomas Rowland.