English takes vic­tory in thriller

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford Karate Jutsu Kai won nearly 50 medals in more than 20 cat­e­gories in the Na­tional Tour­na­ment at the Stour Cen­tre.

They won 16 gold medals, 15 sil­ver and 14 bronze, as well as achiev­ing clean sweeps in 10 of the com­pe­ti­tions.

Two cadets, Ash­ford’s Eden English and Dav­ina McDon­agh from Ten­ter­den were in­volved in one of the best fights of the day.

Both went toe-to-toe in the first round but it was English’s tech­nique and stamina which edged her to vic­tory and the Most Spir­ited Fighter Award.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Danny Smithers won the high-grade ku­mite and se­nior kick­box­ing ti­tles, while new­comer Brett Ainsworth won the ku­mite, nar­rowly miss­ing out on a podium spot in the kick­box­ing

El­lie Miller also im­pressed with her grace and tim­ing in an ex­cel­lent kata demon­stra­tion.

Other no­table per­for­mances came from Bob­bie Gar­rett, Court­ney Cam­bridge, James Bur­ton, Evie Os­borne, Jay Booth, Jes­sica Pol­lock, Ryan Jones, Ethan Miller, Oliver and Dil­lon Dochery, Katie Mae and Bethany Ainsworth.

Mean­while, Char­lie and Aaron Clark and Sa­muel Steven­son all put in ex­cel­lent per­for­mances on the mat.

Guest of hon­our, Kan­cho Bernard Cre­ton, Karate Jutsu Kai as­so­ci­a­tion founder, was un­able to at­tend due to ill­ness.

The club’s se­niors are look­ing for­ward to their trip to Den­mark next month to take part in a week-long train­ing camp, in­clud­ing a grad­ing ses­sion. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing ei­ther the karate or kick­box­ing classes can visit www.ash­ford­jut­sukai.co.uk or via Face­book and Twit­ter.

Danny Smithers kicks out against James Bur­ton

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