Karate kids get a kick out of tournament

Boldon Dokan Karate Club members with their trophies and medals won in Glasgow.
Boldon Dokan Karate Club members with their trophies and medals won in Glasgow.

A group of karate kids from South Tyneside came home with a haul of medals from an international tournament.

Seventeen youngsters from Boldon’s Dokan Karate Club won six gold medals at the Glasgow International Tournament – finishing as the third place team from 57 on the awards table.

This comes on the back of Dokan’s fabulous first place position in July at the Central England Championships in Worcester, where they topped the table ahead of 69 clubs.

Gold medal winners in Glasgow were Eleisha Mitchinson and Sadie Stoner in the 10 to 13 years pairs kata (set routines).

Anais Errington won the individual kata for under nines and Eve Palmer won the 10 to 11 age group.

In kumite (fighting) Anais Errington won the under nine section and Lola Cassidy won the 10 to 11 age group.

Chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson said he was more than happy with the latest medal haul.

He said: “Our squad is doing exceptionally well considering we have only around 150 members. Coming third in the medal table was an exceptional achievement.

“Once again, I was proud of the attitude, etiquette and bravery of all our students and they all performed at their very best throughout the day.

“They all work very hard in training and they are reaping the rewards.

“These are phenomenal results for a club that is only six years old and their meteoric rise to the top has grabbed the attention of all those in the British karate world.”

Mr Mitchinson runs eight sessions a week in Boldon and Sunderland.

For information contact k-mitch@live.co.uk or visit the club’s website www.dokan.co.uk