Wednesday 18th June 2008 by C. Freeman
Student Chris Pimley has been awarded a bronze medal after taking part in national karate championships in Nottingham. Chris, from Year 8, and two of his team-mates from the Association of Shotokan Karate performed a team kata, a co-ordinated sequence of karate moves in front of a panel of judges. They were each awarded a bronze medal at the event run by FEKO, the Federation of English Karate Organisations.
Chris first started his karate training with his dad when he was seven years old. Six years later Chris is a brown belt with two red stripes and due to grade for his black belt in about a year. He performed the Jion kata, which forms part of the black belt grading syllabus at the event, having practiced it with split second precision since Christmas. Chris trains twice a week with his club at Barton Seagrave and Higham Ferrers.
He said: 'With the team kata the three members all have to do the moves at the same time and their stances have to be perfect . I like the fitness and discipline of karate. My dad is now a black belt and my brother has started karate as well. It's a friendly atmosphere at the club but we still train as hard as we can, it's a really enjoyable sport.'