SSKI members feeling just champion

SSKI's Adam Cockfield.
SSKI's Adam Cockfield.

DACORUM’S Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International clubs have returned with two world champions after fine performances at the World Karate Championships in Belgium.

Adam Cockfield, 29, took the men’s senior kata title, while 13-year-old Cristy Nash was crowned girls’ senior kumite champion.

The men’s title is one of the biggest and most prestigious prizes in karate tournaments worldwide, and attracts the largest number of entrants out of any of the divisions.

Fourth Dan black-belt Cockfield, though, had no trouble in storming to the title to claim his status as world champion.

Nash, meanwhile, showed great grit and determination to add SSKI’s second gold medal.

Elsewhere, bronze medals were taken by Danny Richards and Thomas Carson in the boys’ senior kumite events, Rachael Houlton and Vicky Adams in the ladies’ senior kumite events, and the men’s kata team of Cockfield, Daniel White and Anthony Holt.

SSKI chief instructor Malcolm Phipps seventh Dan said: “It was an absolutely magnificent result considering SSKI only sent seven competitors to these championships. To come away with two world champions and quite a few bronze medallists was no mean feat indeed.

“I am over the moon at these phenomenal successes.”

SSKI, meanwhile, is always on the lookout for new members of all ages. There are clubs in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon and Slip End.

To get involved, please ring the association’s headquarters on 01442 266048 and ask for details. Alternatively, please visit www.sski.org.

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