Congratulations to Year 10 student Luke Twamley who won a trophy in his first ever karate championship. Luke trains with the Tiska karate club and he was presented with his trophy by the chief instructor Sensei Sahota.
Luke began the sport four years ago but this is the first time that he has fought in the national championships which were held at the weekend. The competition comprised kata events, where students perform a series of set moves, either individually or as a team and the kumite, which is sparring. Students fought others in their age and belt category in knock-out rounds each lasting about two minutes with points being scored for blows that made contact with the target.
Luke, who trains with Mr Kilsby at the Corby club said: 'There was about 10 in my group that I had to spar against, some of whom were aged up to 17 in my category. There were three rounds and basically whoever wins a bout goes on to the next round. I won two sparring bouts but unfortunately lost in the final, receiving the runners-up trophy.
‘I train twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays and we practiced by sparring against each other. It is the first time I have entered the championships and I would definitely do it again. Karate is an intense form of exercise and something that I really enjoy and I would definitely like to compete in more championships in the future.’