A year of success for city karate club stars

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STUDENTS from the English Contact Karate Association in Newton Longville and Wolverton have had a successful year competing across the country in various tournaments.

The year started with the ECKA Milton Keynes interclub competition for point scoring.

The tournament was attended by first time fighters Mitesh Panikker and son Kian Panikker, Daniel Bond, Tia Saunders and Max Littlejohn, all of whom showed great potential.

Max and Tia both went on to bring home silver medals in the ECKA semi contact National Championships in July.

The Milton Keynes Open event provided first time experience for new fighters from the club, with Jack Corth making his way through to the semi finals in the largest boys category of the day.

Chantel Corth and Tia Saunders both came third in the continuous division, having been moved up from the beginners group to the advanced category, neither fighter looking out of place in the higher section.

Tia then went on to win in the semi contact section. Lorraine Honer came second in the novice ladies section after facing a couple of tough fights whilst Paul Bevis came first in the advanced men’s veterans section.

The year ended with the ECKA Continuous National Championships in Coventry. Jack Corth and Tia had some excellent fights – both fighters to watch out for.

Ben Walker came second in the novice boy’s category, followed by Sensei Lauren Cronin finishing first in the ladies advanced category and also in the adult forms section.

If you are interested in starting karate or kickboxing, contact Lauren on lauren.ecka@hotmail.co.uk