Kesgrave & Northgate Karate Club

On Saturday 11th November, club competitors went to Liege in Belgium for an international competition. The standard was extremely high with more than 600 competitors for all over Europe, many of them internationals. The results were: Lauren Berry silver in individual kata and bronze in kumite, Georgina Lawson silver and bronze in kumite. On the way back, the club laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday at the Suffolk Cemetery in Belgium.

Well done to everyone who competed at Meopham on Sunday 26th November. There was a fantastic turnout of competitors willing to test themselves on the mats. Sensei Gerry Turner was proud to be the coach for the day and would like to remind everyone that, regardless of medals or placings, everyone who has the courage to stand out there alone on the mats is a winner. There was also a good turnout of family and friends to support the competitors, making it a real team event.

Competitors who did come away with medals were: Lilly Melton and Dylan Barnes, who both won gold in individual kata; Lauren Berry took a silver in individual kata and Amelia Clow, Lola Blofield, Chloe Buckley, Ava Nurse, Alana Finch, Jessica Ethrington, Ella Mills and Harry Witmore all took home bronze medals in their classes for individual kata.

In the team kata events, Amelia Clow and Sophie Swann took home a gold medal each; Alana Finch and Sofia Standring took home silver medals and Jessica Etherington and Abigail Longhurst took home the bronze medals. In the kumite event, Ruby Hunt and Lauren Berry both won a gold medal in their categories and Teliah Turner took home a bronze medal. Many thanks to Gerry Turner, Charlie Bray and Sean Daines for their help and support in coaching.

The New Year is a great time for staring some new habits, like taking up a sport to improve your health and well-being. Karate is an excellent option as it has so many elements that make a well-rounded sportsperson. You can work on your strength, flexibility and endurance through bouts of high intensity training and, if you join a club like Kesgrave, Northgate and Associated Clubs, there is a great team spirit.

Classes run throughout the week at a number of different venues in Ipswich, Kesgrave and Bury St Edmunds. Please look at the club website or Facebook page for further information on times and locations.

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