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Newark Karate Academy finished 11th in the East Midlands Open


By Connor Thompson


More than 150 competitors and 24 karate clubs from around England travelled to Newark for the annual East Midlands Open.

Hosted by Newark and Loughborough Karate Academy at the Newark Academy, London Road, for the fourth time, the competition surpassed all expectations and debuted disability categories in line with the World Karate Federations (WKF).

Competitors from Newark performed well and Harry Holton, 7, Max Scullion, 7, Haasini Kohli, 7, and Damon Hewitt, 12, all competing for the first time.

Newark Academy Medallists - Tracey Archer, Tyler Archer, Billy Medley, Harry Holton, Haasini Kohl, Max Scullion, Damon Hewitt, Gary Hoyle, (6285040)
Newark Academy Medallists - Tracey Archer, Tyler Archer, Billy Medley, Harry Holton, Haasini Kohl, Max Scullion, Damon Hewitt, Gary Hoyle, (6285040)

They overcame their first-night nerves to achieve the following successes:

Holton took the bronze medal in the children’s kata eight-nine years beginner category, while Scullion took bronze in the kick post kumite eight to 12 years, and bronze in the children’s kata eight to nine years beginner category.

Kohli won bronze in the kick post kumite seven to nine years beginner category, and Hewitt took bronze in the kick post kumite eight to twelve years beginner category plus bronze in the children’s kata 12-13 years beginner category.

Damon Hewitt in Shito-ryu kata action against his opponent (6285028)
Damon Hewitt in Shito-ryu kata action against his opponent (6285028)

With six bronze medals from debut fighters, chief coach at Newark Karate Academy, Tracey Archer, said she hoped all the youngsters will go on to achieve greater success as they move up through the grades over the next year.

Billy Medley, a yellow belt competing in his second championship, had a good day as he won the gold medal in the shito-kata seven years and under and he also won bronze in the kick post kumite seven to nine years purple belt and below.

Tyler Archer & Damon Hewitt with their medal hauls on the podium. (6285030)
Tyler Archer & Damon Hewitt with their medal hauls on the podium. (6285030)

Seasoned campaigner Tyler Archer, 17, won in all the six categories she entered, as she took silver in the junior kata and junior female kumite, and bronze in the senior female kata, junior shito-kate, senior shito-kata and weapons kata.

Newark, with six competitors, was 11th in the medals table, and Manchester-based club Sale Dojo Yanagi were crowned 2018 tournament champions.

The competition will return in November and again, will be hosted at the Newark Academy, and more categories, competitors and clubs are set to enter.

For more information on Newark Karate Academy’s beginners courses, which include traditional and Olympic-style competition karate, call Tracey on 07743 826257.yle competition karate please call Tracey on 07743 826257 for further information.



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