24 Medals @ MIDLAND OPEN Champs

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24 Midland Medals for Team DOJO

14 members of The DOJO Karate Centre, Castlemere St, Rochdale, returned from the Midland Open Karate Championships with 24 Medals to show for their efforts. Team DOJO returned with 11 Golds, 5 Silvers and 8 Bronze from the high standard competition held at the Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre in Brimingham.

This time Team DOJO included a few new comers to Competition Karate. From them Suhail Sajid performed excellently to win his first medal, a bronze in the Boys-10yrs Kumite along with tam mate Charlie Crosby. Hayley Burke was also competing for the first time. Whilst very nervous, Hayley performed excellently as a Green Belt to come 3rd among other Black Belt Ladies in the Adult Ladies Kumite event. Allan Moffatt, the 6foot 5inch Yellow belt giant also performed excellently in the Mens +18yrs Open Grade event to finish 2nd, just behind team mate Rick Ward in the Kumite. Rick was also positioned 1st in Weapons Kata, 2nd in Individual Kata, and 3rd in Pairs Kata with team mate Christine Crosby who also got 1st in Ladies Kata. Natalie Dean was 1st in Ladies Kumite with a close fight against a girl from the Midlands, while Jack Jolliffe won all of his 3 Kata events. However, in his Kumite event for 13-15yrs (above 5ft5in) the other competitors pulled out and the event was cancelled to much disappointment as this was Jack’s last competition as a 15yrs old! Now Jack will be competing in the Mens +16yrs events. Jack’s team mate Kai Sweeting also came away with 1 Gold in Pair Kata, Silver in Kumite, Bronze in Kata whilst just missing out on a medals in the Weapons Kata. Ethan Hulse performed solidly to come 3rd in Kata. Iqra Ishtiaq, who recently achieved her Black Belt fought very skilfully to win the Girls Kumite event. Among the very young contestants, Richard Reygan (7yrs) performed excellently to come 2nd in the individual Kata against some big 8/9yrs olds. Richard and team mate Marc Craven (7yrs) were positioned 1st in the Pairs Kata against much bigger opponents. Adam Asaf also performed excellently to come 2nd in Kumite and 3rd in Kata in the 5-6yrs event.

Sensei Ansari said ‘I’m very proud of Team DOJO performance. While, the usual members have continued to perform well, this competition was a bit of a wake-up call for all. Really well done to the new comers who all performed excellently at this high level competition. The next event for all to look forward to is the National Karate League (Northern) Champs being held at The DOJO on 17th MAY. This is also a World Champs Qualifier event, so we all need to work hard to qualify.’

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