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Wheeler-Smith win national title again

PUBLISHED: 08:30 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 July 2010

THE 2009 AMA National Karate Championships held at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield at the weekend saw students from The Phoenix Karate Schools return triumphant.

THE 2009 AMA National Karate Championships held at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield at the weekend saw students from The Phoenix Karate Schools return triumphant.

Nine students competed and returned with four gold and eight bronze awards.

The event attracted over 300 competitors from all over Great Britain and Ireland including England Internationals Jack Dixon, European Kata Champion and Ryan Jay, European Kumite Bronze medallist.

First to compete were Lewis Saunders, Charlie Smith and Frasier Thompson in the Boys Team Kumite. The team fought through to the final and won 3-0 giving the team the deserved Gold medals.

Smith also went on to win third in his individual and the boys open weight sections.

The girls team of Charlotte Fisher, Sophie Stephenson and Hannah Wheeler-Smith reached the semi-finals where they took on the Kingston Martial Arts Team. but had to settle for bronze.

In the individuals Wheeler-Smith reached the final where the fight went into extra time.

Both Wheeler-Smith and Francesca Cave from the Kencho club Manchester were one point each when Wheeler-Smith executed a strong Mawashi-Geri (mid section round kick) to win 3-1 and take the national title for the second time in three years.

Bronze medals went to Fisher in the girls 14-15 yrs and James Allan fighting for the first time in his adult section, where he put on a brave performance taking his much taller opponent into encho-sen (extra time) but was unable to hold off the attack and had to settle for third.

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

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