Karate kids put on a show


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The Dokan Karate Association, which runs courses in South Tyneside and Sunderland, saw 560 competitors from 18 clubs take part in an event aimed at promoting the sport to young people and new beginners.

The event, hosted by Chief Dokan Instructor Kevan Mitchinson, took place at Temple Park Centre, South Shields.

Mr Mitchinson said: “The aim of the event was to give young children the opportunity to compete.

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Some of the young competitors in the test

“I have always believed that ‘basic’ karate is important for involving young people and new beginners in the sport and I decided to organize an event with categories aimed at them.”

He added: “We had over 500 competitors from 18 clubs competing across five competition areas non-stop from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the day.

“We had 80 students competing, ranging from complete novices to others who had been competing nationally for a decade or more.

“I’m really happy with how the event went. It made a lot of kids and some adults very happy.”

Mr. Mitchinson’s students made the most of a rare “home game” by winning 36 gold, 29 silver and 40 bronze.

He added: “The day couldn’t have been better and the whole Dokan team came together to help.

“Three vans were needed to get the gear there, provided by the students’ fathers, and a small army of volunteers turned out to help us set up, pack up and do all sorts of chores in between. .

“They all played a major role in the success of this day. It was a day to highlight the best of karate and public spirit. I have never been so proud of Dokan.

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

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