The SSKI hot-shots do their country proud in Germany

The Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International fighters impressed at the World Japan Karate Association championships in Germany

The Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International fighters impressed at the World Japan Karate Association championships in Germany

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The Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International fighters had another excellent day at the World Japan Karate Association championships in Germany, with all six members from in and around Dacorum taking a medal.

Thomas Carson, 15, won the gold medal to claim the world title in his free-fighting category – a result he thoroughly deserved on the day.

The men’s free-fighting team of Adam Cockfield, Gabriel Van Rel and Mike Grimwood missed out on the gold medal by the smallest of margins and a very dubious refereeing decision, and were eventually awarded the silver medal.

The men’s kata team of Danny Richards, Cockfield and Sam Richards also took the silver medal in their category, while 15-year-old Cristy Nash took a silver medal in the girl’s free-fighting category and a bronze medal in her kata event.

In the male cadet free-fighting event, Sam Richards took the bronze medal with Danny Richards finishing in fourth place.

To wrap the day up, Cockfield made the final of the men’s senior kata event and eventually claimed fourth spot.

SSKI local and international chief instructor Malcolm Phipps 8th Dan said: “I am over the moon at these successes.

“In such a prestigious tournament to come home with a world champion and with all six competitors from the local area taking medals was a real plus.”

Anyone interested in joining the club should ring 01442 266048 or visit www.sski.org.