Karate Kids Kick Off the Year of Competition in Style

Head Coach Kevan Mitchinson and his daughter Eleisha accept the team award on behalf of Dokan Karate Club.

Although it was only their second competition of the year, the youngsters showed no signs of being rusty – they won 17 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze in individual and team competitions.

Their performances saw Dokan top the club’s medal table – ahead of more than 50 other teams on a day that saw more than 500 youngsters compete.

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Elle Smith, Eleisha Mitchinson and Eve Palmer.

Dokan’s head instructor, Kevan Mitchinson, said: “Of the 33 students we eliminated, half were novices, so it was a testing day for everyone, despite the whole day being s went extremely well.

“They pulled it off brilliantly and we ended the day as the most successful club, which was very nice.”

He added: “The youngsters excelled. It was a kind of gamble, it was a gamble to enroll so many lower level students, but it paid off.

“I’m super happy with them.

Left to right, Jack Day, 6, Eleisha Mitchinson and Josh Parkin 6.

“As for my current team, I have never been prouder, not only for the skills they have shown in competition, but also for their attitude and etiquette throughout the day.”

Mr Mitchinson also praised his team “behind the scenes”.

He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to the parents who took the time to donate their weekend for this event.”

Dokan’s first competition of the year last month saw 80 students compete, in the club’s own competition at Temple Park Center in South Shields – winning 36 gold, 29 silver and 40 bronze.

Jack Day left, Frank Szczepanski center and Josh Parkin.

The Dokan Karate Association runs classes – for all age groups and abilities – at Whitburn Parish Hall, All Saints Church, Cleadon and Redhouse Community Centre, Sunderland.

The club, which was established in 2009, practices traditional Shotokan karate and regularly sends teams to compete at events around the country.

For more information go to www.dokan.co.uk or call 07939130411

Eleisha Mitchinson in action.
Gold medalist Evie Snowdon.
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