A MEMBER of Brothock Shotokan Karate Club won a record five gold medals last weekend at the UK Traditional Karate Championships at Blackpool.
Erika Barker (11) won the Junior Open Kata, an event open to boys and girls under-15 years of all grades, and followed this up with a gold in the brown and black belt kata event.
Her other three golds were in team events. Brothock girls Kasey Milne, Victoria Middleton and Erika Barker, took a double, winning both the team kumite and team kata. In the Jyu Ippon event, Erika and Millan McDonald took a well deserved gold.
The Brothock squad comprised Millan McDonald, Louise McGuigan, Kasey Milne, Erika Barker, Victoria Middleton, Paul Rattray, Niall Thomson, Debbie Inglis, Shiona Mitchell, Tracy Barker, Sally Milne, and Jason Middleton.
The club has attended this event for over 20 years and has not once left the championships without picking up a medal. However, on this occasion members turned out their finest performances ever.
In the over five foot female kumite, it was an all Brothock final with Victoria Middleton narrowly being beaten by Kasey Milne.
In the cadet division, Nialle Thomson and Paul Rattray were competing in their first event. Paul won silver in the Kata and silver in the kumite, and Nialle took gold in the kata and bronze in the
In the adult event, Brothock Ladies took a well deserved bronze in the ladies’ team kumite.
Louisa McGuigan won silver in the individual cadet female kumite and represented the Perth girls’ cadet team and won a silver
At the presentations, Sensie Kawasoe Eighth Dan, presented Erika Barker with the Kawasoe Cup.
Sensie Kawasoe is one of the world’s leading Karate instructors, and the presentation is made to an individual for outstanding achievement.
Brothock Shotokan Karate Club train at the their own Dojo at East Grimsby, Arbroath, and at Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre. Anyone wishing to start karate should contact Billy Wales on Arbroath 01241 877910.
Brothock Club results were:
Kawasoe Cup – Erika Barker.
Junior Individual Kumite, female, 4th Kyu and above, 5ft or over (11- to 14 years): gold - Kasey Milne; silver - Victoria Middleton.
Junior Team Open Jiyu Ippon Kumite, 4th kyu and above (to 14 years): gold - Millan McDonald and Erika Barker.
Junior Team female Kumite, all grades (11 to 14 years): gold - Brothock, E. Barker, V. Middleton and K. Milne.
Open Kata, under-15, male and female, all grades: gold - Erika Barker.
Junior Individual Kata, female, 4th Kyu and above (to 14 years): gold - Erika Barker.
Junior Team Kata, under-15: gold - Brothock, E. Barker, V. Middleton and K. Milne.
Cadet, individual, female Kumite, 4th kyu and above (15 to 17 years): silver - Louisa McGuigan.
Cadet female team Kumite: Silver - Louisa McGuigan (representing Perth).
Cadet individual male Kumite, up to 5th Kyu (15 to 17 years): silver - Paul Rattray; bronze - Nialle Thomson.
Cadet individual male Kata, up to 5th Kyu (15 to 17 years): gold - Niale Thomson; silver - Paul Rattray.