Sunderland karate mum trains children to be fighters

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WHEN this family have an argument, you would do well to stay out of the way.

Black-belt mum Beccy Teasdale, 30, from Fulwell, grew up loving karate and now she’s coaching her own children to be top fighters too.

The Purvis karate family l-r Rebecca (12), Megan (10), Ben (7) and Summer (8)

The Purvis karate family l-r Rebecca (12), Megan (10), Ben (7) and Summer (8)

Rebecca, 12, and Ben, seven, already boast an impressive haul of medals, having competed nationally with the Bunnyhill Centre-based Dokan Shotokan Karate Club.

And if that wasn’t enough, the pair’s cousins, Megan, 10, and Summer, eight, are also making a success of fighting at the club.

Beccy returned to the sport when club head coach, Kevan Mitchinson, asked her if she would help out with coaching.

“I started when I was nine and stopped just before I had Rebecca,” said Beccy. “I wanted to get them into it for fitness and discipline but when they came to the club, they weren’t really up to the standard, because it’s an excellent club.

“It was funny because Rebecca was doing it and I wanted get back into it but I’d keep making excuses. It’s really nice doing it with them now, though.

“We’re never away from the place and Kevan asked if I would help out with the coaching.

“He’s so passionate about the club and that’s why the kids enjoy it so much and it shows in the results.”

As for whether rows at home ever turn slightly too violent, Beccy joked: “They can’t fight at home with karate, it’s only self-defence.”

Arguably the group’s biggest day so far came last month at the Western Union tournament, in Somerset, where the club managed to come third in the overall medal table.

“It’s one of the best things that’s happened to this club, all these joining,” said Kevan.

“Ben is something else and I’ve taught Megan since she was five, she’s been an international champion and a national champion.”

Megan said: “I like doing the competitions but I like the kata – patterns of movement – more than the fighting.”

Summer also competes and said: “I like the fighting and I’ve won a couple of trophies and medals. My biggest competition was in Somerset. I’ve never done one that big before.”

“I like coming to training because there’s a good atmosphere and we are always trying hard so we can show how good we really are in the competitions,” said Rebecca, who is also a black belt.

l For more information on joining the club, contact Kevan on 07939 130411.