YOUNGSTERS at a karate club in South Tyneside are heading for another knockout year after more success at a major tournament.
Members of Boldon’s Dokan club came back from the Central England Karate Tournament in Worcester with eight gold medals, seven silver and 15 bronze.
This was enough to ensure that Dokan topped the medal table for the day. Chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson said: “They are a really dedicated bunch of youngsters and, yet again, they have gone to a top-level tournament and come top of the medal table.
“I see how hard they work in training, but even I am astonished at our success.
“We are a relatively small club yet they have come out on top again.”
This year’s successes follow the club finishing last year with 11 national and international championships, 106 first place awards and a total of 342 medals and trophies.
Earlier this year, 17 youngsters from the club were selected to represent England at the World Shotokan Karate Unions Championships in Kosovo – and 12 of them came home as world champions.
The Dokan club has more than 150 youngsters training in Boldon, Whitburn and Sunderland.
Mr Mitchinson added: “I certainly do not go to any competition with dreams of being the top club. I am more concerned that each individual gives their best.”
For details about the club and training times, call Mr Mitchinson on 0793 913 0411 or go to www.dokan.co.uk