Knockout year for South Tyneside karate kids

ON FORM ... the victorious girls team from Dokan Karate Club.

ON FORM ... the victorious girls team from Dokan Karate Club.

YOUNGSTERS at a karate club in South Tyneside celebrated a knockout year as 2013 draws to a close.

Members of Boldon’s Dokan club finished the year with 11 national and international championships, 106 first place awards and a total of 342 medals and trophies.

The Dokan club has more than 150 youngsters training in Boldon, Whitburn and Sunderland.

Chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “They are a really dedicated bunch of youngsters and, if they keep training the way they have been, we can look forward to even more success in the future.”

The youngsters rounded off the season in style recently at the Teesside Open tournament in Stockton, when the club entered 30 students and won 13 of the 16 categories it contested – totally dominating the event by winning 60 trophies.

The following day saw them taking part in their annual in-club tournament – culminating in a “battle of the genders” competition.

Seventy-three youngsters took part in the event, which saw them compete in both kata – executing a series of fixed movements -– and kumite –- freestyle fighting.

Fifteen girls were matched up against 15 boys of similar size and grade – and the girls won by 10 bouts to five.

Mr Mitchinson said: “The end of year competition is always a spirited affair and, coming the day after the Teesside competition, it was a busy end to the season.

“This year has been an immensely successful year for Dokan’s competition squad with the club producing 11 national champions.

“This, along with all their other successes, has put them firmly at the top end of British karate.

“They aim to continue in the same style next year.”

For details about the club and training times, call Mr Mitchinson on 0793 913 0411 or go to www.dokan.co.uk

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