Double world karate silvers for local girls

Local Mizukara Karate students from Ards and Bangor have just returned from the IKU World Karate Championships with the biggest haul ever of World medals. The event took place in Kilkenny, Ireland and was attended by some 1300 athletes from 23 nations. The girl winners Local girl Rachael Fleming shone, both in her performances and with her three gleaming world medals. Rachael was silver medallist in the cadet girls individual kata (patterns), bronze in her individual kumite (sparring) and collected another bronze in the team kumite. Her teammate, Levi Kane also collected silver in her individual kata too, in the ladies kata. Both girls being beaten in their respective kata… Read More

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Four Northern Ireland Champions

For the first time in a long period the Northern Ireland Karate Championships were recently held in the North West of the province, in the new Foyle Arena. As always a number of students from the Bangor and Newtownards Mizukara Karate Clubs travelled to the event and again failed to disappoint. This time around the team returned with four new Northern Ireland Champions. The best of which went to current European silver medallist Dean Miller, who took the title in the Cadets Kumite (Sparring) and was only beaten to the medals in his kata event by the more dynamic stance style of his Shotokan opponents. The second title went to… Read More

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British Karate Championships successes

British Karate Championships successes A small team of local karate athletes recently returned from the Shikon British Open Karate Championships that were held in Harlow Leisure Centre, Essex. The team of three led by current European Veterans Kata Champion, David Brashaw had not competed in the British Championships before. Nevertheless, they performed extremely well First up was Charlotte Rylance. Charlotte fought her way to a very well deserved bronze in the Girls Cadet Kumite. Next up in a final was Cameron Speers. Cameron a former junior Northern Ireland this time got in the medals again, but this time for an excellent kata performance against the more dynamic styles of Shotokan… Read More

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Success at the European karate Championships.

David a former triple world champion has just returned from the IKU European Championships in Romania as European Veteran All-Styles Kata Champion. David commented. “This is a timely win for me. I like many people are very excited that our football team are going to the Euros. I have been a fan since the Billy Bingham era and actually got my originally IFA coaching qualification from Roy Miller back in 1985. I feel it is fantastic that our young athletes are inspired by Northern Ireland’s sporting success at international level and hope that we have great performances at the Euros.” Northern Ireland Karate coach Dermott McLaughlin was delighted with this… Read More

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Northern Ireland karate Championships successes

At the recent Northern Ireland Open Karate Championships that were held in Queen’s University Belfast PEC by Karate Northern Ireland, local athletes from Newtownards and Bangor were in the think of the action amongst some five hundred competitors from around Ireland. The Scrabo and Carnalea Karate clubs have a long history of being successful and this year was no exception. We were delighted when Newtownards student Jordan Lewis lifted his first Northern Ireland title in Kumite (sparring), soon after to be followed with more titles by his Bangor team mates Karl Andreasson also in kumite, and Rachel Fleming in her individual kata. All three of these students have won European… Read More

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Local karate students kick for medals

At the recent UKF International Karate tournament which took place in Donegal local karate students from Ards and Bangor who train in the Mizukara group of clubs took on some of Europe’s best and left with a handful of medals. Up and coming star Luke Allen was on fire. He blazed a trail to gold in the boys’ age 9-10 kumite (sparring) event and also collected silver in the team kumite with Adam Rooney. Junior squad members, Matthew Dales and Ben Rylance kept up their quality performances both claiming joint bronze in the boys’ age 11-12 kumite. In the cadets Dean Miller gave a superb first round kata performance but… Read More

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Dublin International Karate Success

Last weekend at the Dublin International Karate tournament in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin the best International Karate Union students from across Ireland and England took part in a fantastic day of competition. Karate students from Scrabo Karate Club and Carnalea Karate Club were in action and once again in the medals. Gold went to Levi Kane in the All-Styles Senior Ladies kata division. Coach Kevin Lewis added “it’s great to see Levi getting back to form following her injury last year.” Levis’ teammate Rachael Fleming shone at the competition, taking individual silver in her kata, bronze in her individual sparring and silver in the team sparing with Amy Adair… Read More

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First ever beginner to black belt

It has been suggested that it takes at least four years for an adult to go from beginner to black belt in karate provided they are training at least three times a week. However for a child going from beginner through to adult black belt this is something that takes a lot, lot longer, especially if that karate student is also competing at European and World karate events and winning at that level too. Another reason is because children progress by half grades so it is twice the amount of belts to achieve. On 20 December 2014, for the first time in the twenty year history of Carnalea Wado Kai… Read More

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Northern Ireland Open Karate Championships

At the recent Northern Ireland Karate Championships which were held in QUB PEC in Belfast karate students from the Scrabo club in Ards and the Carnalea and Aurora clubs in Bangor came away with a Christmas sack of medals. The top performer of the squad was Rachael Fleming from Bangor who gave fantastic performances in both her individual kumite and kata winning them both for the second year in a row. She was closely followed in results by her IKU European Championships team-mate, Craig Brashaw from Newtownards who won his kata and somehow ended up with silver in the kumite final after fighting up a weight and age category. Other… Read More

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European Success for Mizukara Students

Over five hundred top karate athletes from across Europe recently competed in the IKU Children and Junior European Karate Championships. The three day event took place in the London Docklands and was non-stop action from the Friday morning until the senior finals on the Sunday afternoon. The Mizukara Karate clubs which are based in Ards and Bangor were delighted to have nine members selected for the Northern Ireland squad. The squad not only competed with the best in Europe but returned home with a bag full of medals. The top performer was Craig Brashaw from Newtownards who returned with two Cadet age 16-17 European silver medals, the first for individual… Read More

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