Martial arts: Karate Academy members medal at Southern Championships

PUBLISHED: 07:30 14 June 2019

Bristol Karate Academy members at the Southern Region Championships

Bristol Karate Academy members at the Southern Region Championships

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Bristol Karate Academy members combined for nine medals at the KUGB Southern Championships in Crawley.

The squad of 20, made up of clubs from Nailsea, Backwell, Long Ashton and Westbury-on-Trym, ranged from rookies to seasoned competitors.

And there were silvers for the kata team, including Annaliesa House, and debutant Reuben Hothersall in junior kumite.

Brandon Bennett took one of seven bronze medals in the children's ippon kumite, as veterans Jim Mateer and Dan Salter also made the podium.

Coach Tim Griffiths said: "We've been working hard on total performance, speed, tactics and nous in kumite, precision, poise and pace in kata.

"Everyone that stepped onto the mat demonstrated they'd been taking this on and pput in improved performances that I was proud of and they should be too.

"We'll keep working hard to embed what we've been working on and keep focusing on performance, not medals. When we do this, medals will come naturally."

Visit bristolkarateacademy.com for more details about the club and the taster sessions they provide.

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