A karate club in Northampton won a collection of trophies in the G Force UK Open Tournament Series last week.
ECKA Kingsthorpe (English Contact Karate Association) had three grand champions among a number of wins at the competition which goes back to old school martial arts rules, scoring only quality, clean and strong techniques.
A spokeswoman for the club said: “There was a huge attendance of more than 200 fighters, with competitors from all over the UK. It was explosive, full of energy and passion – a series of three competitions throughout 2013 with the fighter who accumulates the maximum points in their division over the three competitions winning a championship belt. There were novice, intermediate and advanced sections and an international champion fight off for £300 prize money.
“Children competing for the club throughout the series were Joseph Watkins, Paige Thompson, Klaudia Gawrysiak, Norbert Gawrysiak, Adrian Gawrysiak, Thomas Symons, Chloe Thompson, Jonny Harris, Jack Myers, Georgia Miah, Daniel Rainbird and Ethan Brittain.
“We came away from this event with three Grand Champions for the club – Joseph Watkins, Chloe Thompson and Adrian Gawrysiak but all of the students participating showed great enthusiasm throughout regardless of their places and continued to compete at the highest level,” she added.