More medals for Kenagi kids at top Karate Open

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Young Kenagi Academy of Martial Arts members once again cleaned up at the BIKO Open Karate Championships in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire on Sunday October 14.

Following numerous successes earlier in the year at international competitions, and hard training throughout the summer break, the squad travelled from their Southwater home to the historically hard-fought contest in confident mood.

Coming up against competitors far and wide including England A squad members, Kenagi immediately made their presence felt when Louis Imray and Arnar Halldorsson, both nine, claimed first place in the nine years and under pair Kata event with a superb performance which deservedly earned the gold trophy.

Following on from that success, Scott Slater and Niall Erskine, both ten, outshone the rest to also secure first place and the gold trophy in the ten to 12 year olds pair Kata.

Sisters Melanie Davies, 11, and Nicole Davies, 15, faces a tough group in the 13 to 15 year category, and fought hard against the higher grades to take third place and bronze medals.

Coach Lorna Harty finished off a fine day for the club on a high when competing in the 16 year and over female single Kata event.

The standard was far higher than previous years and the skill and dedication of each individual produced and breathtaking final where Lorna won third place for the bronze medal.

Lorna and brother Luke both coach the younger members and both represent the club at national and international level.

Sensei Brian Redman said: “Once again, our high standards at Kenagi has definitely firmed our place at these competitions.

“I am extremely proud of each student and their hard work over the summer months has paid off.”

Kenagi is a friendly club that run classes in Southwater, Horsham, Coolham and Storrington and welcome new members. Contact Brian Redman on 01903 743334 or 07711987672 or visit