It has been a great start to the year for Ashington Kaizen Karate Club as members enjoyed their biggest successes to date at the Sunderland Karate Championships.
The club competed in 16 categories of Kata (arranged forms), Kumite (fighting) and mixed team events.
Instructor Keith Burns, who is a 5th Dan Black Belt and a qualified KUGB judge, said: “Everyone demonstrated great spirit, skill and etiquette throughout the day and were a credit to the club and themselves.
“There were over 190 competitors so to reach the finals in seven categories was a great achievement and to how hard everyone worked. I’m so proud of all our students.”
Children’s Kata Novice (4th Kyu): 3rd Jack Murphy; Children’s Kata Brown Belts: 3rd Harry Peacock.
Adult Kyu Grade Kata: 1st Craig Wilkinson; 2nd Jo Whiting; 4th Jerome Castro.
Boys’ Kumite 10 and Under: 2nd Harry Peacock.
Boys’ Kumite Under 5ft: 2nd Henry Romer.
Ladies’ Kumite: 3rd Liz Weir.
Adult Team Kumite: 3rd Kaizen A.
It has also been a special year for club instructor Keith Burns, who was awarded his 30 years’ long standing membership certificate by the KUGB’s chief instructor, 9th Dan Sensei Andy Sherry, at this year’s National Championships in Birmingham.
The club was established in 2012 by Sensei Keith Burns, 5th Dan Black Belt, and runs classes in Ashington, Gateshead and Killingworth.
The classes in Ashingon are held every Sunday morning at Oasis Health Club and Thursday night at Ashington Leisure Centre.
For more information check the club’s website or call 07800 992119.