The competition for the day focused on kata. At the end of the program, Sensei Klinger promoted adult student John Grassia to Shodan or first degree black belt.
Lympstone youngster Oliver Roper bagged a terrific podium place when he finished third at the Karate Union of Great Britain South West Championships, held at Clifton Hill Sports Centre in Exeter. Oliver, one of 177 shotokan karate students at the event, competed in kyu grade kata where he took third place.
If Bruce Lee were alive, he would have been 75 today. Mumbai's martial arts students and teachers hail the king and say his Lee-gacy lives on in the kiai that resonates in training halls across the world If the Little Dragon, as he was known, who stripped the martial arts of its shroud of secrecy and intrigue and whose doctor according to Lee lore told him that he had the body of an 18-year-old at 32, were alive today, he would be blowing out 75 candles on his birthday cake, one suspects with the same ease he blew away his opponents in the martial arts world.
Skilled kickboxer, Robert Whittaker, is set to battle with rising power puncher, Derek Brunson, this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 101 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Whittaker was a solid fighter to watch at 170 lbs., but a pair of tough losses and some difficult weight cuts cause the Aussie to jump ship to the Middleweight division.
Emily Elephant, New Hope's mascot is pictured with Sensei Justin Thomas 4th Dan and Lisa Homer Events co-ordination marketing manager at Young Gloves Young Gloves Karate, which holds clubs twice a week on the town, will host an event on Sunday to raise money for New Hope, a charity based in Worcester. More than 300 students, including children and adults, will compete in the event, battling for 84 trophies in Kata and Kumite, whilst fundraising through sponsorships, raffles and stalls for the charities.
Seara Mohamed and Randy Rankarran were among the top performers at the recent Guyana Wado Ryu Karate Association National Junior Championships held at Banks DIH, Thirst Park. Over 50 karatekas from different clubs in Guyana took part in the contest sponsored by United States-based members of the Association, Michael Mendonca and Terrence Clarke, as well as International Pharmaceutical Agency and Banks DIH Limited.