Karate medal men praised

Students from Kenagi Martial Arts Academy based in Southwater cleaned up at the South of England Karate Open Competition at Clacton ' on ' Sea, Essex. Students Niall Erskine (10 yrs), Scott Slater (9yrs) and Louis Imray (8yrs) competed against the best of the South on Sunday the 8th July.
Students from Kenagi Martial Arts Academy based in Southwater cleaned up at the South of England Karate Open Competition at Clacton ' on ' Sea, Essex. Students Niall Erskine (10 yrs), Scott Slater (9yrs) and Louis Imray (8yrs) competed against the best of the South on Sunday the 8th July.

Students from Kenagi Martial Arts Academy based in Southwater cleaned up at the South of England Karate Open at Clacton-on-sea, Essex.

Club members Niall Erskine, ten, Scott Slater, nine, and Louis Imray, eight, competed against the best in the south on Sunday July 8.

The young squad achieved great success and won a staggering seven trophies between them for individual, pairs and team events, winning three silver and four bronze.

The venue was packed with competitors and each event was of a very high standard. The three young students finished off with a team kata against much older, higher graded competitors and still managed to come in third place.

Still basking in success from an international competition last month in London, the squad are growing in confidence. It was first time competing for Niall and as the higher grade he faced some tough competition in the brown belt categories.

For a young team to travel such a long distance and face a large local audience it was an extremely brave and hard fought contest.

Coached by Luke and Lorna Harty, black belt students at Kenagi who both represent the club at a European level, the hard work to train the young students and their perseverance has definitely paid off.

Luke encouraged and inspired the trio throughout the day and he was proud of their achievement. Lorna was herself taking part in another England competition in Birmingham, where she added to the club’s medal tally with bronze.

Kenagi Academy of Martial Arts, under the guidance of Sensei Brian Redman is a friendly, family orientated club which always welcomes new students both young and mature. Contact Brian Redman on 01903 743334 or 07711987672 or visit www.kenagi.co.uk