Karate junior lead the charge at South West Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:44 04 December 2018




Students from Bristol Karate Academy brought back medals from the KUGB South West Championships in Exeter.

Bristol Karate Academy’s juniors let the charge at this year’s KUGB South West Championships in Exeter, taking medals in both the kata and kumite disciplines.

With three silvers and two bronzes for the Academy, it was a case of ‘watch this space for the future’, as members from Nailsea, Backwell and Portishead all picked up gongs.

Backwell School student Josh Mashford put on a mature performance in the boy’s kumite (sparring) to take silver, just seconds away from the gold, while in the kata, young Brandon Bennett stunned many of the more experienced and older people in his category to take silver in a hard fought final.

Alfie Teague took the third silver for the Academy, having got there after a tightly contested semi-final against another Academy competitor, Liam Mashford.

In all, members from the Bristol and North Somerset-based Academy took home five medals in an event that saw more than 200 entries from across the South West.

Bristol Karate Academy run classes in Backwell, Long Ashton, Nailsea and Westbury-on-Trym.

If you’d like to give karate a go at any of these hubs then Bristol Karate Academy currently have a small number of new starter spaces. To find out more visit bristolkarateacademy.com

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