Sunderland karate stars enjoy medal success at national championships

Members of Sendai Kushiro Karate, who enjoyed success at the British Championships in Birmingham.
Members of Sendai Kushiro Karate, who enjoyed success at the British Championships in Birmingham.
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Karate stars from Sunderland chopped down the opposition as they returned from a national competition with a host of medals under their belts.

Members of Sendai Kushiro Karate, which has bases at the University of Sunderland, Raich Carter Sports Centre, East Herrington Primary School and Easington Village, travelled to Birmingham for the Karate Union of Great Britain’s British Championships.

Their performances on the day were excellent, and they deserve all of the success that comes their way.

John Bruce, coach

It was the 49th staging of the event, and the competitors from Sunderland shone at the National Indoor Arena.

Holly Sterling, 27, continued her dominance in the ladies’ kata event, winning it for the eighth year in a row.

She won another gold medal in the team kata, alongside Bethaney Miller, 16, and Sam Light, 20, for the second consecutive year.

Beth Nicholson, 18, reached the final of the junior female kumite, but had to withdraw from it due to injury, meaning she settled for silver.

Jamie Allan, 14, put in a fine display in the boys’ kumite event, only losing a tight final.

Ryan Spencer, 17, lost out on the tightest of decisions to win silver in the 16-17 years male kumite, while 15-year-old Maya Burns, who travels from Ashington to train in Sunderland, just lost out in the final of the girls’ kumite.

Another silver came in the children’s team kata, which was picked up by Jamie Allan, Alice Jewitt and Matthew Gibson.

More medals followed, with the team kumite consisting of Sam Light, Martin Fraser, Ryan Spencer and Adam Gibson performing well to win bronze, while Matthew Gibson and Joshua Young also picked up a bronze in the boys’ kumite.

Cenya Russell finished third in the girls’ kumite.

Club coach John Bruce, along with Sam Light and Jamie Allan, were selected to perform a self-defence demonstration during the finals, performing dynamic karate with kicks, throws and strikes, including a spectacular jodan flying kick.

Mr Bruce said: “I am very proud of each and every one of our competitors.

“They continue to develop, and are a credit to our club.

“Their performances on the day were excellent, and they deserve all of the success that comes their way.

“It is through lots of hard work and dedication that they continue to develop to such a high standard.”

Anyone who would like to take up karate at the club can call 0191 711 2796, email sendai@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.sendaiskc.co.uk