Karate kids’ championship medals

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Students from the Eastbourne and Hailsham Karate Jutsu Kai took part in the annual Sussex Championships consisting of Kata, Kickboxing and point knockdown Kumite.

Many students were entering for the first time and some of the more experienced students were unavailable, so expectations were set within a realistic level.

The club came away with three firsts, three seconds and six thirds in the various categories and age groups.

The following students achieved first place: Tiegan Hall (Kata), Alice Goodchild (Kickboxing) and Joshua Miles (Kumite).

There were second places for: Matthew Chea (Kickboxing) and Amy Morley (Kickboxing & Kumite).

And bronze medals were collected by: Aiden Miller (Kata), Owen Miller Kata David Harris (Kata & Kumite), Alex Seng (Kickboxing), and Jack Miles (Kumite).

Aiden and Matthew also finished fourth in Kickboxing and Kumite respectively.

Club instructor Shihan Cliff Bolt 5th Dan said afterwards, “I was very pleased with everyone’s performances; there has been improvement all round, those entering for the first time gaining valuable experience.

“We did better than expected and managed to come away with a winner in each discipline, which is very pleasing; we will look for greater improvement before the KJK National championships in May.”

Other students who took part were Reece Heaton, Kyle Heaton, David Whitefield, Alexander Javellana, Harry Foord, Frida Henze-Jones and Alex Gadd.

The club trains on a Monday Hailsham and Thursday Eastbourne. For details call 01323 488955 or email Eastbourne.kjk@gmail.com