Karate kids punch above their weight at national contest

Youngsters at a South Tyneside karate club have continued with their wining ways at a major national competition.
Charley Foster with Dokan coach Eleisha Mitchinson.Charley Foster with Dokan coach Eleisha Mitchinson.
Charley Foster with Dokan coach Eleisha Mitchinson.

Just two months after the Dokan Karate Association came away from the WUKF World Championships with five individual world champions, they punched well above their weight at the GB International event in Birmingham.

The two day event saw the squad of 25 youngsters come home with 17 gold, eight silver and 23 bronze medals.

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That tally saw them finish second in the medal table – topped by the Karate England national team.

Fran Sawkill, Hilda Chan and Yancy Chan.Fran Sawkill, Hilda Chan and Yancy Chan.
Fran Sawkill, Hilda Chan and Yancy Chan.

Dokan chief instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: "This was a tremendous performance.

"The GB international is the largest annual competition in the UK and attracts entries from the biggest clubs in the country.

"A medal haul like this for a small club like Dokan is a tremendous performance by everyone involved.”

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He added: “I am extremely pleased with my squad’s progress, attitude and camaraderie over the whole season.”

Evan Yates, Gracie Kibble.Evan Yates, Gracie Kibble.
Evan Yates, Gracie Kibble.

The Dokan club have another couple of tournaments lined up before flying to the South of France for the 2023 European Championships.

The Dokan Karate Association has clubs in South Tyneside and Sunderland and was founded in 2009.

The club, which teaches Shotokan karate – considered a traditional and influential form of the sport - is currently having an Autumn recruitment drive for people looking take it up.

For more details, call Mr Mitchinson on 07939130411, or email [email protected].

Information is also available at www.dokan.co.uk and the club’s Facebook page - DKA Dokan.