EIGHT- year old Zoe Nolan of Wickford (pictured centre on IMG_0869) was the youngest member of the Seitou Ryu Karate National Squad to achieve success at the IGKA Junior Karate Kumite Tournament on Sunday 20th February at William Edwards School in Grays, Essex, winning a Bronze medal in the Slam Man Kumite event novice division.
Zoe, who only started training in karate in June last year and is an orange belt, passed selection for the national squad just two weeks before entering the tournament, her first ever! Zoe’s mum, Sarah, was over the moon at her daughter’s success; “Zoe started training in karate to increase her confidence and it’s definitely working!”
Felicity Duty from Billericay, 15yrs old, (pictured far right on IMG_0869) won a silver medal in the girls 50kg brown belt kumite division. Jade Green, a 14 year old 1st Dan black belt from South Ockendon and 11 year old 2nd kyu (brown belt) Tatum Mandy from Tilbury both narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in their respective divisions after some very tough but well fought matches.
The other junior squad member to take part were;
§ Jake Reeve – 15yrs/orange belt (Chelmsford)
§ James Burberry – 9yrs/orange belt (Chelmsford) Also his first tournament
§ Khalid Heath – 11yrs/green belt (Wickford). Also his first tournament
Chief Instructor Sensei Richard Hang-Hong, a 3rd Dan black belt and international kata and kumite champion said: “I’m so proud of all the kids in our team. They had very little time to prepare for this tournament and yet they still came out with some great results, especially Zoe who has never competed before! I can’t wait to see even more successes from her and the rest of the team throughout this season.”
The juniors were coached by Sensei Richard along with their senior team mates Samuel Parker (from Tilbury) & Martin Lawrence (from Chelmsford).
Classes in Seitou Ryu Karate run all year round across Grays, South Ockendon, Wickford and Chelmsford. With over 150 currently active members training throughout these areas, it is suitable for everyone from five years old upwards, with separate classes for all ages and abilities. For more information about classes please contact Sensei Richard on 07899 827476 or visit the club website; www.seitouryukarate.com