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Bronze for Suen

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

TWO lucky students from Phoenix Karate Schools took part in the European festival of Martial Arts held in Disneyland Paris at the weekend.

Lowestoft's Hannah Wheeler-Smith and Latia Suen from Bradwell travelled to Paris with and Phoenix Karate Coach Vivianne Trorey 2nd Dan for the prestigious event.

TWO lucky students from Phoenix Karate Schools took part in the European festival of Martial Arts held in Disneyland Paris at the weekend.

Lowestoft's Hannah Wheeler-Smith and Latia Suen from Bradwell travelled to Paris with and Phoenix Karate Coach Vivianne Trorey 2nd Dan for the prestigious event.

Competitors from all over Europe took part in various tournaments including Tae Kwon Do, Ju Jitsu, Freestyle Karate and a Semi Contact Tournament.

Wheeler-Smith and Suen joined other karate practitioners in a hotly contested competition.

The girls were representing both Phoenix Karate and their Association the Amateur Martial Association (AMA), which is the largest karate association in the British Isles.

The first event for them both was the Kata, each performed Choryo a Korean form for 1st Dan.

Unfortunately neither young player was placed in this event, beaten by the stronger Japanese Kata exponents.

In their Kumite (fighting) they were both competing in the same category and eventually found themselves fighting each other for the third place medal.

Both girls fought with determination and gave each other the respect associated with the martial arts.

However, eventually it was Suen that triumphed taking the bronze Mickey Mouse shaped medal for thrid place.

After the successful event, instructor Trorey said: “This has been the first time we have travelled abroad to compete and what an ideal place to go to.

“The girls have had a good time, not only have they competed and been able to see other styles like the Tae Kwon Do students performing, they also got to attend a training session with Richard Bustillo an original student of the legendary Bruce Lee.”

w AFTER competing in the Commonwealth Championships earlier this year in Edinburgh, students from Phoenix Karate Schools didn't think there would be anything to compare with the grandeur of that particular competition.

But the British Karate Federations 2008 Championships held in Sheffield was the most prestigious Karate Tournament available within Britain and came a close second.

James Allan, Charlotte Fisher, Frasier Thompson, Wheeler-Smith, Lewis Saunders, Suen and Sophie Stephenson were all representing the Amateur Martial Association (AMA).

All fought well but the standard of the other competitors was world class and no one got into the medal positions in their individual sections.

However, most progressed through at least one round before being knocked out of the competition.

Wheeler-Smith and Suen competed alongside Philippa Westgate in the AMA Girls team with Stephenson as reserve.

They battled their way to the semi finals, and despite Suen triumphing in her bout, the other girls were unfortunately defeated in theirs and the girls had to settle for a third place medal.

The AMA finished second overall in the medals table losing top spot to The Scottish Team.

Chief Instructor Charles Trorey 4th Dan said: “The whole event was amazing, the elite of British Karateka competing amongst their peers, what a fantastic weekend.

“With this amount of interest why is Karate still not an Olympic sport? “My students did me proud, it didn't matter that they didn't reach the medals in their individual sections the fact that they qualified to compete here is an honour in itself.

“Well done to the girls for getting placed in the team event.”

w Anyone wishing to train with Phoenix Karate can contact Chief Instructor Charles Trorey 4th Dan on 01502 730171 or Vivianne Trorey 2nd Dan on 07895 550168 for details of classes in Martham, Great Yarmouth, Hopton, Gorleston and Oulton Broad.

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