A FIRST-TIME fight night has raised £1,400 to help a hospice.
The tournament, organised by Dokan Karate Club’s chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson, was held at the Castle View Centre and raised money for St Benedict’s Cancer Hospice in memory of the club leader’s late father, Richard.
Kevan, a fourth Dan, arranged the competition for his young members after previously holding tournaments exclusively for members of the Dokan Karate Club, which usually trains at the Bunny Hill Centre.
“I thought it would be good to do something to make the kids come and get some competition,” said Kevan.
“This year I thought: ‘Why not do it different and get other clubs involved?’.”
He said interest in the event was high and the tournament, attracted 120 keen fighters aged 16 and under across 24 different categories.
A crowd of around 150 spectators gathered for the event, with clubs from across the region taking part.
Thanks to the 50 local businesses who agreed to sponsor the event, Kevan was able to keep entry costs low while still turning a profit for charity.
Each of the winners was presented with a trophy.
Kevan added: “All the sponsors were connected to the karate club. “I didn’t canvas many companies because I hate asking for sponsorship.
“There were a lot of people who were really nice about helping with the tournament.”
Referees were recruited from as far away as North Yorkshire to officiate at the tournament.
Richard was cared for by the hospice before passing away in July aged 65.
Although he did not share the same passion for karate as his son, his granddaughter Lisa’s success in the support made him proud.
Kevan is now considering putting on the competition again next year.
He added: “The other clubs there said that they would attend again next year if I did it again.”