A golden double for Dacorum fighters at the UK Championships

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Dacorum’s Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International teams came home with two gold medals from the Association UK National Karate Championships.

The Hemel Hempstead three-man team of Daniel White, Thomas Carson and Gary Page won the men’s team kumite event in style and Jonathan Derland from Bovingdon did extremely well to win the boy’s kumite individual gold medal.

Joydeep Shil, instructor Malcolm Phipps and former World Champion Adam Cockfield were representing Dacorum at the Association UK National Karate Championships

Joydeep Shil, instructor Malcolm Phipps and former World Champion Adam Cockfield were representing Dacorum at the Association UK National Karate Championships

Daniel White 4th Dan narrowly lost out in the two individual events, being beaten by Adam Cockfield in both, and had to be content with two silver medals.

Thomas Carson 3rd Dan did well in taking two individual bronze medals in his first crack at the adult men’s events.

Individual bronze medals also went to George Hopkins (2) and Steven Barton, with the Hemel Hempstead children’s club also taking a bronze in their team kata event.

Adult competitor of the day was 2011 World Champion Cockfield, while the U16 competitor of the day trophy was taken by Joydeep Shil 1st Dan.

The Hemel Hempstead team lost out on the coveted shield for coming out top in the overall medal table, with Luton in top spot and London and Watford in joint second place, but it was still an extremely successful day for Dacorum.

Anyone interested in joining one of the clubs should call worldwide chief instructor Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan on 01442 266048 or visit www.sski.org