A golden day for Dacorum’s SSKI stars at prestigious karate meet

SSKI's Adam Cockfield, Malcolm Phipps and Daniel White travelled to Bracknell Leisure Centre for the Legend Open Karate Championships
SSKI's Adam Cockfield, Malcolm Phipps and Daniel White travelled to Bracknell Leisure Centre for the Legend Open Karate Championships

Dacorum’s Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International representatives enjoyed a medal-filled day at the prestigious Legend Open Karate Championships at Bracknell Leisure Centre.

The star competitor of the whole event was SSKI’s Adam Cockfield, 31, who took both men’s individual black-belt titles in kata and kumite.

These two events featured 50 black-belt men from all over the country, as well as Belgium and Scotland.

The kumite final was an all-SSKI affair with Daniel White, 34, narrowly losing out to club colleague Cockfield in a very exciting clash.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Oliver Nash took the boys’ senior cadet kumite title against all the odds.

This category is for 16 to 20-year-old black and brown-belts only and, considering that Oliver has not long had his brown-belt, this was a fantastic achievement.

The ladies’ kata team of Stacey Barton, Vicky Adams and Cristy Nashtook the final gold medal with a superb display of coordinated karate.

Bronze medals went to Karen Bull, Lauren Brooks and the ladies’ kumite team of Bull, Adams and Brooks.

SSKI chief instructor Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan said: “What an amazing achievement from this Dacorum group.”

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