Martial arts event is ‘amazing success’

Students and coaches with Vanessa Rowbottom from sponsor Lloyd Dowson.
Students and coaches with Vanessa Rowbottom from sponsor Lloyd Dowson.

Hundreds of martial arts enthusiasts descended on Bridlington Spa for a world class seminar and open championships.

Organisers are hoping the event, which followed a similar weekend at Leisure World last year, will continue to enhance Bridlington’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading venues for martial arts.

A number of local students won medals in the competitions, but the event was all about getting people involved and learning new techniques.

It was hosted by the Martial Arts Federation of Great Britain alongside Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, whose chief coach Stuart Hicken said it was ‘an amazing success’.

“We had hundreds of people taking part and spectating from across the region and masters and grand masters from around the world were there teaching their vast array of knowledge,” he said.

“The response from the students was fantastic with everyone of them having learnt plenty of new skills.

“I could not have asked for a better weekend, the turnout was great and the fighters were phenomenal, the seminars were very good and the amount of knowledge being passed on was unbelievable.

“I am very proud of all my students yet again for all their hard work and dedication and I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who volunteered their time to help out on both days.

“I would also like to thank East Riding of Yorkshire Council for their help and support with the event. The Spa is a wonderful venue and everyone there was impressed.

“Thanks also to Bridlington Club for Young People for their support, the loan of their boxing ring and for their sparring demonstration - it was a pleasure to work alongside them.

“Another organisation that once again provided sponsorship for us was Lloyd Dowson Accountants and I would like to say a massive thank you for their continued support.

“And finally, I would like to thank everyone who travelled from around the world to help us put Bridlington on the map for world class sports!”

The martial arts open championship was held on the Sunday and we had over 100 entrants for various categories. The morning started with Kata competition and four golds, five silvers and three bronzes were won by local students.

Golds went to Adele Kendall, Kaitlyn Butterworth, Lilly Price and Cortney Ayrton, silvers to Christopher Smith, Hugo Wilkie, Alexandra Ayscough, Charley Ayrton and Shannon Mitchell with Owen Taylor, Nicole Blackett, Liberty Rollinson and Bradley Thornton-Ford winning bronze.

In the afternoon, the fighting competition kicked off and yet again, the Bridlington club came away with gold, silver and bronze medals.

The next major event for the club will be the Gathering of the World Masters Seminar in May next year.

See more pictures and results on page 71.