Students book places at World Championships

Zenku Kai's medal  winning students included (back row, left to right) Duncan Perry, Darren Wallbank and Julie Sutton and front row (l to r) Leah Wallbank, Rohan Wallbank, Jazmine Sutton and Lily Whitney.
Zenku Kai's medal winning students included (back row, left to right) Duncan Perry, Darren Wallbank and Julie Sutton and front row (l to r) Leah Wallbank, Rohan Wallbank, Jazmine Sutton and Lily Whitney.

Students from local martial club Zenku Kai were in outstanding form at the WMO British Championships in Rugby.

They competed across various categories including open hand forms, weapons forms and sparring (fighting).

Many of the students won trophies and medals and have now earned places at the World Martial Arts Organisation World Championships in Spain in October.

James Gayles won a gold medal at sparring.

Silver medals were won by local students Duncan Perry and Rohan Wallbank (both traditional kata) and Darren Wallbank, Julie Sutton and Leah Wallbank (all weapons kata).

Jazmine Sutton (weapons kata) and Lily Whitney (points sparring) won bronze medals.

Instructor Tracy Kite said: “All the students have worked very hard in the run up to the competition and are looking forward to competing on a bigger stage at the World Championships.”

Zenku Kai are now looking for sponsors to help send the students to the World Championships.

The championships will be held over six days from Monday, October 10, to Sunday, October 16.

Any local businesses wishing to sponsor Zenku Kai can contact the club by e-mail at enquiries@zenkukai.co.uk

Zenku Kai have classes at various local venues including Glasshoughton Centre, Fitness Flex, Pontefract, Xercise4Less at Xscape, Glasshoughton, Lock Lane Community Centre, Castleford, Iron Wolf Gym, Knottingley, and Hambleton Village Hall, Station Road Selby.

There are classes in karate, children’s martial arts, freestyle kickboxing and family martial arts.

Attending the classes are children and adults of all ages and ability.

The classes are for anyone over the age of three years.