Team Rising Sun bring home British title

A TEAM of fighters from the Rising Sun Kyokushinkai Karate Club, travelled to Slough, England to compete in the British Clicker championships.

The championships consisted of 300 fighters from England, Scotland Ireland and Wales. Fighters Ruby Bennett, aged 10, Oscar Bennett, Wilson Wong and Katja Hewitson, all aged nine, were all entered in the under age 11 category, this was the biggest category of the competition with over 50 competitors entered.

Fighters Oscar Bennett, Wilson Wong and Katja Hewitson showed great technique and spirit throughout the first three rounds gaining a spot in the quarter-finals, but were all unfortunate to progress to the next round.

Ruby Bennett who defeated the current British champion in round one, and then the current Welsh champion in round three saw her progress to the semi finals. After a hard fought bout, Ruby narrowly lost the fight to her taller older opponent. Ruby gets 3rd place! well done Ruby. Senpai Spencer Said “All fighters done brilliant in the individual event, they all gained something from this event, each fighter fought brilliant and I was really happy with everyone’s performance. I was real happy that Ruby made the podium, she had a hard draw and deserved a medal).

Next up was the British team event, This trophy hasn’t been won since 1994.

Team Rising sun was made up of fighters Ruby Bennett, Oscar Bennett, Wilson Wong & Katja Hewitson.

They were matched up against 30 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, so to get a podium finish it was going to be a hard task.

This event was held over three matted areas, this just showed the size of the category.

The team had to fight their way through five hard rounds to gain a place in the finals, beating teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland on their way to the final. The Final, the team was up against a strong English team.

Ruby was up against last years British champion, the tense fight saw the fight finish as a draw.

Next up was Oscar Bennett. He had gained momentum throughout the day and easily dispatched his opponent getting the win for the rising sun.

Next up was Wilson Wong who took instructions really well in this fight and sat back to get the draw.

Last up was Katja Hewitson. With a tense start to the fight Katja began to dominate and was awarded the win.

The Rising Sun Kyokushinkai Karate Club win the British championships.

Sensei Lee said: “We turned up to this tournament with a few experienced fighters missing, so winning the team event was going to be a tough ask.

"I am so proud of the students today, they fought so well under pressure. A lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes by all the instructors of our club on these students and that showed today, well done team.”

The club train on Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm-9pm at the Barry Island Community Centre.

A new beginners course will begin this January.

For more details, please contact Lee Bennett on 07811 110368