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Success for karate students

PUBLISHED: 12:27 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 July 2010

Five ESKA students who train at Dereham who have had outstanding success so far this year.

Five ESKA students who train at Dereham who have had outstanding success so far this year.

So far 2010 has been the most successful year so far for five Dereham karate students from the Eastern Shotokan Karate Association.

Natasha Coomber (14), Sophie Manton (12), Joshua Palmer (13), Nathan Rice (11) and Charlotte Taber (12) all attend both Dereham clubs - The Dereham Leisure Centre and Neatherd High School.

So far 2010 has been the most successful year so far for five Dereham karate students from the Eastern Shotokan Karate Association.

Natasha Coomber (14), Sophie Manton (12), Joshua Palmer (13), Nathan Rice (11) and Charlotte Taber (12) all attend both Dereham clubs - The Dereham Leisure Centre and Neatherd High School.

They have all recently taken part in the ESKA interclub competition in February and the Junior National Championships in March achieving multiple gold, silver and bronze awards.

Nathan Rice from Dereham (brown and white belt) is a committed ESKA student, training at not only the Dereham classes but also the squad sessions in Norwich every Saturday. These lessons prepare students for competing in competitions and helped Nathan achieve third place in Kata (form) at the ESKA interclub competition earlier this year. He then also got selected to be a national squad member to go and compete in the Junior National Championships a few weeks later.

Also at the ESKA in-house event, Natasha Coomber (green belt) from Dereham won first place in girls over 5ft kumite (sparring) and went on to win silver in girls over 5ft individual kumite and another gold medal with her fellow members Zoe Carpenter and Chloe Le Roy in girls over 5ft team kumite at her first ever National Championships, impressively competing against and beating the black belt team in the final!

Joshua Palmer travelled to Windsor for his second black belt grading last November where, at only 13-years-old, he gained his 2nd Dan black belt. He was awarded a silver medal with Harry Morter and Adam Spencer in Team Kata in the ESKA competition, the same team also got bronze in male Team Kata at the Nationals. Joshua then went on to win gold in male under 5ft team kumite with team members Matthew Cullumbine and Dan Nelmes.

Dereham has also produced another black belt student and national competitor, Charlotte Taber. After winning gold in black belt Kata and joint third place in girls under 5ft kumite at the ESKA contest, she was spurred on to enter the Nationals. She won gold in both team kata (with Abigail Butcher and Zoe Carpenter) and girls under ft team kumite (with Abigail Butcher and Alice Heffer) and also took second place in the grand kata champion event, to make it three medals at this prestigious event.

Another successful Dereham student, Sophie Manton (brown and double white belt) has also taken away three medals this year. In her kata events she achieved silver for individual and gold in team (with Alice Heffer and Jemma Spencer at the ESKA competition). At the junior nationals she took home silver in girls under 5ft team kumite with team members Brooke Kelly and Ellie Sutcliffe. Mother of Sophie and ESKA Dereham club administrator, Melanie commented: “Karate has really increased Sophie's self confidence and her behaviour has improved. We appreciate everything the instructors do to help and I am very proud of what she has achieved.”

If you are interested in trying Karate in Dereham, then please contact the ESKA office on 01603 418751 or email us at office@eska.co.uk. Classes are held at Dereham Leisure Centre every Sunday (for four years to adult) and Neatherd High School every Wednesday (for six years to adult).


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