KARATE: Gold among medal haul at nationals

Members of the Tokon team: Back (from left) - Jozef Kulig, Ellie Ball, Emma Barber, Jasmine Cope, Rachel Mitchell; front - Charlie Broomfield, Kamil Kulig, Katie Broughton and Nathan Hocking. The photo was taken at the club's recent grading at Long Sutton, where 46 students successfully passed their gradings, examined by Sensei Ohta, Chief Instructor.
Members of the Tokon team: Back (from left) - Jozef Kulig, Ellie Ball, Emma Barber, Jasmine Cope, Rachel Mitchell; front - Charlie Broomfield, Kamil Kulig, Katie Broughton and Nathan Hocking. The photo was taken at the club's recent grading at Long Sutton, where 46 students successfully passed their gradings, examined by Sensei Ohta, Chief Instructor.
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Shotokan Tokon Karate students from Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sleaford karate clubs won medals at the National Championships of Japan Karate Association England.

There were more than 500 competitors from all over the country, of all grades and ages, presided over by the Chief Instructor of JKAE, Sensei Ohta, 7th dan JKA.

The first to gain a position was Rachel Mitchell, earning silver in adult kata section. She was followed closely by Kamil Kulig (7) who fought off strong competition to gain gold in kihon ippon kumite (one-step sparring).

Ellie Ball (14) and Emma Barber (13) faced each other in the third round of individual kata 13-15 years, Ball narrowly making it through to the last eight.

Meanwhile, Hannah Nickols (12) achieved 4th place in individual kata 10-12 years.

Further disappointment came for Barber when she had to withdraw from the kumite competition due to a recurring knee injury.

Katie Broughton (9) came home with a double – silver for jiyu ippon kumite (semi-free sparring), and gold for individual kata.

Barber, Ball and Broughton also did well in team kata, reaching 4th place.

l Shotokan Tokon welcomes new members of all grades and ages.

Contact Mick on 07712 641023 or David on 07767 861057 for training times during the school holidays.