Eight medal haul at European Karate Championships for Hurricane Shotokan Karate Club

CHAMPS: Sensei Tomasz, Antonina and Evan

Youngsters from Hurricane Shotokan Karate Club in Broadstairs have brought home eight medals after competing at the WKA (World Karate-Do Alliance) European Karate Championships in Belgium.

The club, which attended alongside the Sport Karate Coalition, gained 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals.

Dane Court student Antonina Zima won four 2nd place titles in individual kumite (fight), team kumite shobu ippon, team kumite shobu sanbon and rotation team kumite categories.

St George’s  pupil Evan Huelin won third place in the  individual kumite and two 1st place titles in team kumite shobu ippon and shobu sanbon.

Sensei Tomasz Stellmach won third place in team kumite

Tomasz, who is a 2nd DAN Shotokan karate black belt, said: “We attended this tournament as a team together with SKC (Sport Karate Coalition). Thanks to Sensei Jacek Lipinski (SKC founder and director) it was possible for us to take part in this competition.

“We have a lot of plans for the next year, including the world karate championships in Malta in 2024.”

Hurricane Shotokan Karate Club has been running classes since 2018. During covid the club provided lessons online.

The club, which has 60 members across its London and St George’s School sites, caters for members aged 4 and over with teaching specialised for each age group. The youngest students, aged 4 to 7, learn about karate by playing specifically designed games.

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