Karate: Harlow Shotokan show the way at champs

Lifestyle / Fri 22nd Nov 2013 am30 10:02am

shotokan2EIGHT gold medals were won by members of Harlow Shotokan Karate Club who took part in the annual SKE Championships, held at the Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday.

Six silver and six bronze medals were also secured after some fantastic performances from the club, which trains at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow.

The event attracted around 250 competitors.

Emily Thorpe also won the award for best female competitor of the day.

Club instructor, Erik Thorpe said: “It really was a day to celebrate for the club. I was really pleased with the effort put in by every single member of the team. We took a smaller squad than in previous competitions, but still managed to display some great karate to the judges. Our club spirit really is second to none, and the team always rises to the occasion.”

The competition held a variety of kata (forms) events, and kumite (sparring) for all grades of student.

Zaya Maertens won the kata (10th to 8th kyu) in the over 10 years category. She also triumphed in the three step kumite (over 10 years).

Sibling Zeyla Maertens took first place in her kata event (10th to 8th kyu under 10 years).

The boys under 15 years brown belt kata and free kumite was won by Kyle Francis.

Lianna Thorpe took first place in the one step kumite over 10 years.

In the adult section, Andy Ingold won the one step kumite.

Kyle Francis took gold in the children’s brown belt kata and boys under 15 years free kumite.

Emily Thorpe came away with two medals. She clinched gold in the girls black belt kata and was third in the girls free kumite under 18 years.

In the children’s senior team kata there was a gold medal for the trio of Emily Thorpe, Tarren Arnold and Callum Talbot.

Callum also sealed silver in the boys black belt kata and the boys free kumite under 18 years.

Samantha Delamotte was second in the women’s semi free kumite and senior kata categories.

Jeremiah Leese secured second in the one step kumite over 10 years, while Milly Ingold was third in the one step kumite under 10 years section.

Oliver Newman gained a bronze medal in the kata (10th to 8th kyu over 10 years).

Marcello Vacarro was third in the boys free kumite under 11 years.

Kirsty Hewitt was third in the women’s free kumite.

Finally a bronze medal was achieved by the club in the adult senior team kata as Sam Embleton, Kirsty Hewitt and Samantha Delamotte excelled.

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