Two students from Featherstone martial arts club crowned GB champions

The medal-winning team from Featherstone-based Sengoku Martial Arts  Club who competed at Walsall.

The medal-winning team from Featherstone-based Sengoku Martial Arts Club who competed at Walsall.

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Two students from Featherstone-based Sengoku Martial Arts Club were crowned Great Britain kata champions at a competition in Walsall.

Kata consists of a series of techniques which need to be performed in a set order and must incorporate principles such as speed, power, precision, timing and focus.

Club instructor Ty Harrison retained his title for the second time. Thomas Dickens won his title, going one better than last time when he was runner up .

Thomas had been pipped for the gold medal by black belt Louis Powell from Walsall in their past three encounters but last weekend it was Thomas who came out on top with his signature kata known as unsu.

Thomas is not yet a black belt.

He is due to take his black belt in the New Year so his achievement at Walsall was all the more remarkable.

There was also success for other team members.

Luke Rothery gave a magnificent performance to win a bronze medal in his individual kata and his achievement was matched by his younger brother Alex who also took bronze.

The two brothers then teamed up in the pairs kata to win a silver medal.

Thomas teamed up with Assistant coach Nicki Harrison in the mixed pairs category.

They battled through five rounds to secure a silver medal.

First time competitor Laura Robson missed out on a medal but she performed extremely well. She lost to one of the top performers in her category.

Laura put in a spirited effort but didn’t quite manage a medal this time.

Sengoku Martial Arts offers karate and kickboxing classes for students aged four upwards in a fully matted and equipped dojo. Classes are held each day and there are currently places available in some classes. For more details contact club instructor Ty Harrison on 07539957977 or visit the club website at www. sengoku.co.uk.