Quartet will compete in World Championships

Medal winners (left to right) Alex Rothery, Nicki Harrison, Luke Rothery and Thomas Dickens.
Medal winners (left to right) Alex Rothery, Nicki Harrison, Luke Rothery and Thomas Dickens.

Four students from Featherstone-based Sengoku Martial Arts Club will compete in the World Championships in Portugal later this year.

Alex Rothery, Nicki Harrison, Luke Rothery and Thomas Dickens were in top form in a tournament in Manchester, organised by the World Karate and Kickboxing Council.

They came back from Manchester with an impressive medal haul.

All four have now qualificied for the the World Championships in October.

Alex Rothery was the first winner of the day. He won a gold medal in the under sevens kata division in his first ever competition.

He added to his tally by winning a silver medal in the weapons category.

Alex’s elder brother Luke entered the under 13s kata section along with teammate Thomas Dickens. The boys tied for the silver medal and in a tie break Thomas just pipped Luke to the silver.

Luke’s disappointment was shortlived because he later won a gold medal in the musical weapons section.

The club’s assistant instructor Nicki Harrison waited all day before her turn came to compete in the veterans kata section.

She won yet another gold medal for the club.

All the students train at Sengoku Martial Arts in Featherstone which offers karate and kickboxing for all ages from four years upwards. There is no upper age limit.

Anyone wishing to have a go should contact club instructor Ty Harrison on 07539957977 or visit the club’s website at www.sengoku.co.uk for more details.

The karate lessons provide people with knowledge and skill to defend themselves and also instil discipline and confidence. Classes are held seven days a week.

Kickboxing classes incorporate techniques from different styles such as punching, kicking, elbows, knees and takedowns.