Karate comes to town …

Date: Friday 15th March 2019

MORE than 400 competitors from 46 karate clubs travelled to Penrith Leisure Centre on Sunday for the 13th annual children’s, cadets and juniors open karate championships.

Along with entrants from England, Scotland and Wales, the competition attracted three international teams — two from Malta and one from Southern Ireland, which contributed to an unprecedented number of spectators who packed out the hall.

For the first time, three disability events were included and were very well received by spectators and competitors.

The championships were organised by Cumbria Chojinkai Karate chief instructor Doug James 8th dan, who said: “The standard of competitors was outstanding and we look forward to hosting our second open of the year, the 43rd Cumbria Open Karate Championships, on 9th June, which includes not only children’s events, but also adults.”

Eden area competitors won seven medals in total — four gold, one silver and two bronze.

Golds were won by Jed Thompson (aged 17) in open individual sparring, Willow Wood (11) in both girls’ under 38 kilo junior and senior individual sparring, and Kitty Woods (11) in girls’ over 38 kilo senior individual sparring.

A silver medal was won by Thomas Kershaw (11) in boys’ under 40 kilo senior individual sparring; and there were bronze medals for Cory Liddle (11) in boys’ under 40 kilo senior individual sparring and the Mitsuru/Yanagi-Kai team in girls’ 10-11 years team sparring.

Jed Thompson and seven-year-old Tommy Mohan also took gold medals when competing as part of other club teams in their respective age categories, Jed in the 16-17 open teams and Tommy in the 6-7 years boys’ team.

Karate classes in the Eden area are taught by Mark Holding Mitsuru Karate Clubs. For details call 07703 100868.

• More photos in tomorrow's paper.