Premier Kata Championships

WINSFORD and Middlewich Koshido-Ryu Karate Club is celebrating success at a national competition. The mid Cheshire-based group won one gold, five silver and as many bronze medals during the Shukokai Karate Union (SKU) Premier Kata Championship, held in Warrington. Senior instructor Emily Simpson, a winner in the adult category, said: “We’re proud of everybody who represented the club.” It is the first time she and fellow instructor Kathryn King had overseen the club’s students in competition since Sensei Dave Warburton retired at the end of last year. Each student performed katas, a set combination of karate techniques, in front of a panel of judges within their grade and age divisions. Individual results: Gold: Emily Simpson, aged 30. Silver: Tamzin Bradley, aged seven; Ben Goodwin, nine; Anthony Robson, 13; Emily Simpson, 30; Josh Smith, ten; Bronze: Harriet Bailes, ten; Neha Kasaravalli, 12. Pairs results: Bronze: Hannah Phillips, 13, and Ellie King, 15; Anthony Robson, 13 and Mollie Bailes, 13; Emily Simpson and Kathryn King. The club meets every Tuesday at Woodford Lodge High School and Thursday at Winsford Lifestyle Centre. Children train from 6pm, while adults meet an hour later. You can read the original article at

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