Kenshinkan Karate Academy recently took a squad of sixteen competitors to the Shindo Kai Karate Association National Championships, held in Barnsley, and returned with an impressive fourteen medals.
This was a multi-style event, recognised by the English Karate Federation, the sport’s governing body in England, which is affiliated to both the World Karate Federation and the International Olympic Committee.
The results were as follows: Jude Aldore (Bronze medal, Boys’ Team Fighting); Damian Howden (Bronze medals for Men’s Individual Fighting and Individual Kata); Justyna Howden (Bronze medal, Ladies’ Team Fighting); Kasia Klepajczuk (Bronze medal, Girls’ Team Fighting); John Longstaffe (Bronze medal, Men’s Pairs Kata); Mark Longstaffe (Bronze medal, Men’s Pairs Kata); Emma Makin (Bronze medal, Girls’ Team Fighting); Lisa Milnes (Bronze medal, Ladies’ Team Fighting); JB Pickard (Bronze medals for Boys’ Individual Fighting and Boys’ Team Fighting); Nolly Pickard (Bronze medals for Ladies’ Individual Fighting and Ladies’ Team Fighting); and Kian Robinson (Bronze medal, Boys’ Individual Kata).
Lisa Marfell from Kenshinkan’s sister club at Leeds University also
won the Gold medal for Black Belt Individual Kata.
Other competitors who performed well but unfortunately did not manage to place this time were Jacob Aldore, John Howden, and Max Milnes, Frank Nielsen and Thomas Nielsen.
It was a great performance from a young club, with some fierce battles against several members of the current all-styles national squad, and bodes very well for the future.
Karate classes are offered by Kenshinkan Karate Academy for all ages in both Harrogate and Darley, and for university students at Leeds University. Please call Damian for more details on 07596475956.