Martial arts star Ollie, 13, returns as national champion in all three events

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THE annual Karate Jutsu Kai (KJK) national tournament was held at the Stour centre in Ashford this year and made a great spectacle for competitors and supporters alike.

Eastbourne and Hailsham KJK club entered a small but talented group of six students to compete for honours against their peers on the National stage.

Students competed in three categories, based on height, age and experience. These were: kata (execution of set routines of movement, technique and stance), kumite ( point knockdown karate) and kickboxing (semi-contact combat).

A total haul of nine honours was enjoyed by the group, with everyone competing delivering a podium finish – much to the delight of club instructor Shihan Cliff Bolt (5th Dan).

The stand-out performance was from promising youngster Ollie Goodchild, who came away as National Champion in all three categories. The full roll of honour for the club is as below:

Ollie Goodchild, 13, three golds (kata, kumite, kickboxing);

Alice Goodchild, 10, silver (kata), bronze (kickboxing);

Amy Morley, 19, silver (kumite);

Joshua Miles, 13, silver (kumite);

Adam Hopkins, 17, bronze (kumite);

Harry Ford, 8, bronze (kickboxing).

The tournament enjoyed the patronage of chief instructor Kancho Bernard Creton (9th Dan) who had travelled all the way from his home in Denmark. Kancho Creton commented on how high the standard of competition was over previous years, which demonstrates how this style of Karate is developing.

Jutsu Kai means “real karate” and trains both the mind and body for unarmed combat and self-defence. Karate is a great catalyst for self-improvement and fitness both physically and mentally. Anyone wishing to find out more information can ring the club on 01323 488955, email at eastbournekjk@gmail.com or visit the website www.karatejutsukai.com/eastbourne.