Hackney karate club scoop medals at open championships
PUBLISHED: 15:03 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:03 02 March 2016
Olympic Karate enjoyed success at Sunday's open karate championships at the University of East London, picking up two silver and four bronze medals.
The Hackney club, who train at Studio 406 on Mentmore Terrace in London Fields, took a squad of 17 to the year’s competitive curtain-raiser, acknowledged by the World Union of Karate-Do Federations (WUKF).
Nine-year-old Keziah Daley Brown earned silver in the free-fighting event, while Jay Reid, Matai Milton Udoh and Muhsin Ozturk also won silver in the free-fighting mixed team competition for those aged 10 years and under.
Daley Brown continued to impress, claiming bronze in the free-fighting category against opponents aged between 11 and 12, while there were further bronze medals in the kata display discipline.
Milton Udoh came third in the boys’ event for those aged between seven and nine, while Noa Conde Herman did likewise in the girls’ version.
Club coach Sensei Tyrone Jeffers competed in the Over-36 category alongside his pupils, earning a bronze himself in the free-fighting category.
“I have a great bunch of kids and to be able to jump on the mats and compete with them is fantastic,” said 5th dan black belt Jeffers, who has been at the club since the age of six.
“Normally I coach them, but they’re more relaxed when I’m competing too so I thought I’d encourage them.
“This was our first championship of 2016 and we have a busy year ahead of us. A lot more girls have come through this past year and they’re doing really well. Things are really looking up.
“I have a great coaching staff and with their help we have created a squad that is ready for anything. Bring it on!”
Olympic Karate train every Saturday and will be attending the Seni Show at the O2 Arena in June, where every martial art will be performed.
For more information on how to join Olympic Karate, call 07983 831 727 or visit www.olympic-karate-inc.co.uk.