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Riley Allen, 11, and Amber Crossley-King, 9, star for Wisbech Samurai Karate School with gold medal

By Pete Woodhouse

A small team from Samurai Karate School won some impressive medals at an ESKA team-only event at UEA Norwich.

Riley Allen, 11, and Amber Crossley-King, 9, the lowest graded pair in the section, were outstanding in the pairs kata event.
They took the gold medal, beating higher grade opponents.

Amber & Riley Gold in Pairs Kata.jpg (5198242)
Amber & Riley Gold in Pairs Kata.jpg (5198242)

They were then joined by Thien Clare in the team kata but were up against some seriously good black belt teams and just missed the medals. The three of them have worked so hard over recent months.

Technical coach Paul Herbert Sensei and three of his Kiryoku girls took a full set of medals – gold in team kumite, silver in pairs kata and bronze in team kata. It was the first joint team venture with Kiryoku and a very successful one.

The week before father and daughter Glen Mason (pictured) and Ashleigh Mason travelled to East London to take part in the UK Open event.

Glen Mason Gold in Uk Open (5198244)
Glen Mason Gold in Uk Open (5198244)

Glen took gold in the men’s veteran kata event with an excellent performance and Ashleigh won bronze in a closely contested girls’ kata event. Glen has entered three events this year and won gold each time.

Sensei Steve King said: “Team Samurai has kept its record since 2015 of taking medals in every competition that it has entered in that time. So proud of these guys.”

For information on classes around Wisbech go to the website www.samuraimartialarts.co.uk

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