Medals aplenty for karate squad

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Harrogate Shotokan Karate Club and Boston Spa Karate Club returned from the 42nd North West Open Karate Championships with a huge haul of medals and trophies.

The squad had an extremely successful day bringing home four golds, six silvers and two bronze medals.

The most successful event was the Senior Male Team Kumite as both the A and B teams reached the final.  

The experience and speed of the A Team’s Ryan Tucker, Sam Goulden and David Wright won the day, though it could potentially have been closer if Tom Little had not had to pull out through injury.

Seasoned international competitor Ashley Scott, a 3rd Dan Black Belt, dominated the Ladies Kumite event. Ashley also took silver in the Ladies Kata event, pipped to the title by teammate Zoe Starr.

Rossett School pupil James Brown who won the Junior Kata event in style performing Junro Nidan, one of Asai Sensei’s non-syllabus Shotokan Kata.  

Assistant instructor David Wright took the silver in the Senior Men’s Kumite beating teammate Ryan Tucker in the semi-finals. 

Debutant Luke Quigley made an excellent start to his tournament career winning silver in the Senior Male Kumite up to 4th Kyu.

Kieran Tucker claimed silver in the Boys Kumite Over 5’5”, the purple belt beating many experienced Black Belts on the way to the final.

Bronze medals were also taken by Dan Martin and Oliver Deane in their respective kumite events.