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ESKA 2015 - Crawley, England

Karateka from all around Europe arrived in Crawley as the KUGB hosted the ESKA European Championships at the K2 Arena over the weekend of 28/29th November. With over 600 entries from 22 countries, the Tournament ran over two days and lived up to expectations with 'world class' competitors producing Karate performances of the highest standard.

The KUGB was strongly represented at the Championships with teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The KUGB England Team were outstanding and took a total of FIVE European Titles.

Sendai Kushiro Karate were represented by Holly Sterling, Beth Nicholson, Ryan Spencer, Adam Gibson, Matthew Gibson, Maya Burns and Jamie Allan. All members were excellent throughout the wekend demonstrating a very high level of performance.  

Matthew Gibson took Silver medal in the Youth Male Kata event in his very first international competition, while Jamie Allan just missed out on the final with a 5th place finish in the same event.

In the Junior Male Individual Kumite Ryan Spencer fought Aleksandar Blagojevic from Germany who was disqualified for excessive contact, giving Ryan a place in the final. Unfortunately, due to the injury, Ryan could not compete and took Silver.  

In the Semi finals of the Cadet Ladies Team Kumite, England Team of Maya Burns, Emily Hughes and Teah Pope fought superbly against a strong Polish team winning their place in the final. The England team fouhg very well but just missed out to Switzerland 2-1 and took Silver.

In the Senior Ladies Individual Kata event Holly Sterling performed excellently making it to the finals and winning Bronze in the final. 

A great performance from everyone - congratulations to you all.

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