YOUNG martial artists are celebrating after a huge haul of medals at an international competition.
The team from Johnsons Family Karate Club in Leigh, which practices a South Korean variation of karate called Tang Soo Do, achieved a haul of eight medals at the recent British Championships in Cardiff, attended by more than 900 competitors.
Among the top performers were the club’s two young first dans Jack Davies and Molly Navarro, who returned with a silver and a bronze medal respectively.
Astley combatant Jack, 10, put in a particularly strong showing as he lost out after an extra round of competition to the eventual open champion, while Molly secured a medal as the only girl in her age group who has a dan ranking.
Jack’s proud mum Liz Davies said learning the ancient South Korean art at the Leigh club, under the tuition of Master Mark Johnson, has had a huge effect on the lives of the young practitioners.
Liz said: “Jack started attending because he was getting bullied at school but the karate has given him such inner confidence, and it’s also great for building discipline.
“The youngsters did particularly well as they were being judged by a panel of grandmasters, and the atmosphere of the tournament can be really daunting.”
To find out more about the club, visit www.johnsonsfamilykarate.com