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MARTIAL ARTS: Phoenix still rising

PUBLISHED: 12:32 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

PHOENIX Karate students excelled at the AMA National Karate Tournament at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield recently.

An eight strong squad travelled with their families and club instructors Charlie, Vivianne and Wayne Trorey to compete in the Kumite sections and returned with nine trophies and three national championship titles.

PHOENIX Karate students excelled at the AMA National Karate Tournament at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield recently.

An eight strong squad travelled with their families and club instructors Charlie, Vivianne and Wayne Trorey to compete in the Kumite sections and returned with nine trophies and three national championship titles.

Fighting for the first time in a major competition were Liam Frosdick and Effie Jermy from Martham and Ross Downham from Great Yarmouth. Liam got through his first round and was fighting well in his second fight but found his inexperience hindered him. Effie just missed out on a trophy in her individual section, but teamed up with the other girls to win a silver medal in the girls' team event. Ross was nervous in his first fight but managed to get through the first round. In his second bout he was up against a more experienced fighter and was narrowly beaten.

Max Jermy and Frasier Thompson were fighting in the same section as Ross, Max took a hard kick to the head in his first fight and went out of the competition before the medals. Frasier was inconsistent on the day and finished out of the medals in both his weight category and the boys open weight section. All four joined up for the Boys team event but went out prior to the medals when Liam was injured and had to retire.

Simone Folkes battled her way through to her sections final with the look of a seasoned fighter, even though it was only her third competition. Her determined attitude saw her pick off her rivals with ease, although in the final she found herself up against a formidable opponent and could not hold back the mawasha geri's (mid section kicks) that were executed with force. She also gained another Silver medal when she joined the Phoenix girl's team later in the day.

The first national title for the squad went to Sophie Stephenson in the 14-15 years girls under 54kg section. Sophie proved she was world class when she held back her opponents attacks and executed her favourite technique a head section Hook Kick in several of her fights. Not content with victory in her section she then went on to dominate the Girls open weight section fighting older and bigger opponents taking her second National title with purpose. She also collected a silver medal with the girl's team later in the day.

Great Yarmouth's Charlotte Fisher helped coach and motivate the junior members of the squad before giving an inspiring display in her weight section where she went on to gain the National title in her last year before moving up a level.

In the open weight Charlotte missed out on an all Phoenix final with Sophie, losing in the semi final by just two points. She also collected a silver medal with the girl's team later on in the day.

It was later found that Charlotte had fought her way through the day with a fractured bone in her right foot, which she now has in plaster and will be out of action for at least six weeks.

Chief Instructor Charlie Trorey 4th Dan was overjoyed with the squad's performance and delighted to see both Sophie and Charlotte gain national champion status.

Anyone wishing to join the Phoenix Karate Schools classes in Acle, Martham, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Hopton, Oulton Broad, Beccles and Halesworth can contact Charlie on 01502 730171 or Vivianne on 07895 550168 for details.


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