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LOUGHBOROUGH SHOKOTAN KARATE
- 1ST CLUB COMPETITION

Club: - Loughborough Shotokan Karate Club
Venue: - Barrow-Upon-Soar Scouts Hut
Meet: - Every Sat at 10:30am (intermediates) 11:30am (beginners)
Sun 10:00am (intermediates) 11:00am (adults)
New: - Wednesdays (Karate Tots 5-7 years)
Cost: - 3.00-3.50 per session

Loughborough Shotokan Karate Club is now into its fourth year at the Barrow Scout Hut and in that time it has grown from running just one class per week to what is now a minimum of five classes each week, with its latest addition being only a couple of months ago when the new Karate Tots class was formed. Previously the youngest age you could start karate classes was age seven, but after many enquires from parents with younger children eager to experience what karate had to offer, it was decided to let the little ones 'have a go'.Trial classes were set up in the schools summer holiday period and 'have a go' they did with karate kicks punches and shouts ringing around the dojo* (*the place of the way = the place you train).

Due to their young age lessons were geared up to having fun, with karate exercises and games and after a few weeks the Karate Tots class became a success and has become a regular date on the calendar for many of the village's little ones.Within the three years the club has been running it has now established itself as being able to give quality Karate tuition to a full age range of people, with separate classes for anyone aged from five years to seventy-five, becoming a popular club for many within the village.

A recent event at the club was their first inter-club competition along with their sister club Leicester Shotokan. Overall there were six events within the competition, with many trophies up for grabs. Barrow members proved themselves worthy opponents to the Leicester club and won their fair share of trophies at the event. Barrow-Upon-Soar Trophy winners as follows:

  • Individual Kata age 7 to 10 = Joint 3rd place Fraser McHale & Adam Morris. - 1st place Rheanna Spence.
  • Individual Kata age 11 to 15 = Joint 3rd place Liam Wallis - 2nd place Bethany Statham - 1st place Amy Statham.
  • Individual Kata Adults 16+ = Joint 3rd place Josh Holmes: - Team Kata (mixed age/gender) = Joint 3rd place Fraser McHale,Thomas McHale,Alex Spooner. -1st place Josh Holmes,Amy Statham, Bethany Statham.
  • Individual Kumite (Free fighting) age 10 to 12 = Joint 3rd place Alex Spooner.

Club instructor Pete Statham who after 26 years of training in Shotokan Karate holds a Fourth Dan Black Belt, said ' I am really pleased with how well so many members performed on the day, but the best achievement was how many turned out to enter the competition and how the club as a whole made the day a success. Hopefully many of the students will benefit from the experience of the competition and this will motivate them to improve and progress in their Karate.'

Club instructor Pete Statham who after 26 years of training in Shotokan Karate holds a Fourth Dan Black Belt, said ' I am really pleased with how well so many members performed on the day, but the best achievement was how many turned out to enter the competition and how the club as a whole made the day a success. Hopefully many of the students will benefit from the experience of the competition and this will motivate them to improve and progress in their Karate.'