Ripon’s Byakko Shotokan Karate Association is celebrating once again, after the weekend’s prestigious English Karate Federation’s National Championship.
The event at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield saw some of the best UK competitors battling it out for the English Championship titles.
One of three members from the club, 14-year-old Katelyn Entwistle, was one of the youngest in her category. She faced some seasoned competitors, but delivered strong traditional Shotokan katas through the consecutive rounds to reach the semi-finals. There, she executed a dynamic, strong Unsu, but lost out on a finals place by one adjudicator’s vote.
Katelyn now had the repechage finals for the bronze medal. This time Katelyn opted to perform Gankaku, doing so with great technique. Her opponent perform the kata Sochin, but in a unanimous decision it was Katelyn who had secured bronze.
Ady Gray Byakko’s Chief Instructor and assistant England Kata Coach said: “I am very proud of all three squad members who competed today.
“And if they continue training as hard as they have been they can expect even more success in the future.”