Golds galore as home club pick up clutch of medals

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Competitors from all over Yorkshire, and from Scunthorpe, Lincoln and Hull attended the Northern Open Martial Arts Championships at Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre.

The competition was the first to be held of its type to be held and Stuart Hicken, chief coach at the Hilderthorpe Road centre said: “It was a massive success and is going to be an annual event.”

The students were judged in Katas, which are sequences of movements that show the ability to attack and defend, and continuous sparring.

Young competitors were matched according to age and weight and adults according to ability and grade.

There was fierce competition on the day with over 100 bouts and, although medals were won across the board by all clubs, Bridlington were champions yet again finishing with the Winners Trophy.

Hicken said: “I am so very proud of our club, the students always put in 110% and events like this allow us to reap the rewards.

“We had three teams in Katas, one of which was the team who travelled to Japan recently, and they each won gold, along with individual entrants in the same category, winning a total of 20 gold and five silver.

“And in the sparring category we won 11 golds and four silvers, including a gold for the final event which was won by our team captain Franklyn Hicken after he fought Winston Lebad, former British champion freestyle kickboxer from Leeds.”

The club, which is now gaining an international reputation for excellence, has plans in place to attend competitions and seminars next year in Portugal, Germany and USA and is looking forward to adding to their, already vast, collection of trophies and medals.