National titles for Portishead trio

PUBLISHED: 14:39 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:39 22 July 2015

Epic Karate

Epic Karate

Three members of EPIC Martial Arts of Portishead captured national titles.

Three young EPIC and Team Bristol fighters travelled to Birmingham to take part in one of the UK’s largest junior competitions.

Alex Fellender Evans who trains at Nailsea, Portishead and Filton took part in the 130cm novice points, novice continuous and tag team.

Each division was round robin and Alex managed to win all five fights in his continuous division.

He had 20 competitors in his points division, concluding in 10 fights with only one narrow loss. Both performances resulted in two hard-earned first places.

George Sherlock was in the 9-14 years 140cm novice division. He had three convincing wins to take him through to the final. His determined kick attacks followed by well-timed hand combinations kept his winning streak alive in the final.

This time it was a lot closer coming away champion by a single point margin. This was George’s first win at a national competition.

Last, but not least, was Harvey Tyler who fought in the 130cm intermediate and advanced divisions. Harvey trains extremely hard at EPIC Portishead, Filton and Bradley Stoke.

Harvey battled in nine fights over the two divisions and won eight out of the nine contests. He defended well and attacked when necessary to result in a first and second place.

Finally, Harvey and Alex entered the 130cm tag team event. Both fighters were shining once more and used tactics and cohesiveness to out-smart their opponents.

With two convincing wins they reached a tougher test in the final and both of them stepped up once more to win outright.

Special thanks to EPIC martial arts senior instructor Greg Langson for a focused day of coaching.

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