Legendary performances at karate tournament

PUBLISHED: 14:36 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:36 11 March 2015

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


ackwell Karate competitors came out as champions in three categories at the 15th annual Legend Open Karate Championships.

FOCUSED performances and skilful execution ensured Backwell Karate competitors came out as champions in three categories at the 15th annual Legend Open Karate Championships.

Backwell Karate won the team kata event with a performance of a precise enpi kata by team members Steven Connell, Devon Troskie and Tim Griffiths. Griffiths also took the individual kata title, beating last year’s winner in the final.

Backwell Karate members showed their strength in depth in the kata discipline, with Aaron Mateer taking the junior (aged 14-15) kata event and Steven Connell taking bronze in the cadet (16-20 years) category.

In the veteran’s kumite (aged 45 upwards), Ian Connell’s well-timed punching took him to the gold medal match, where he was edged into second place.

The competition, held in Bracknell, saw shotokan karate practitioners from as far away as Belgium compete for honours in both kata and kumite disciplines.

After the event, Tim Griffiths, chief instructor to Nailsea & Backwell Karate said: “I’m really proud of how everyone performed on what was a very long day of competition.

“In particular, with Aaron’s event finishing eight hours after it started it was great to see that he managed to stay composed and take home his first major title.”

Backwell Karate and their sister club Nailsea Karate, offer lessons for both adults and children who are looking for a balanced, traditional martial art and also caters for those interested in the competitive side of the art.

For more information and to find out how to get started, visit either backwellkarate.org or nailseakarate.com

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