MALDON Higashi Karate Kai members competed at the EKKA East of England Championships in Ipswich.

The club only had seven members but still claimed 15 medal positions between them.

Championship winners in the pairs open grade kata were Jess Leach and Phebe Quinten-Holt, who also won gold in the open grade individual kata.

Adele Blanke competed in the female kumite (fighting section) and won her way through to the final in great style.

Despite going behind, she came back strongly to take a well-deserved gold by six points to three.

Silver medals were won by Hannah Letters (open kata and pairs kata) and Izzy Quinten-Holt, in the Kumite sections.

There was also silver for Phebe Quinten-Holt as well as also in the female team kumite, along with Leach.

Adam Blanke also reached the final of the junior kumite and only narrowly lost out in the final seconds of the fight to take an excellent silver, in his first competition.

Bronze medals went to Leach in the Female cadets individual kata and Kumite and to Hannah Letters, in the kumite.

Izzy and Ruby Quinten-Holt also took bronze medals in the 15 years and under kata and kumite sections.

All the squad performed with excellent spirit and etiquette throughout and came through against some tough opposition and rounds to achieve success, as their hard work and commitment continues to bring them more excellent results.

Maldon Higashi Karate bhas now extended its junior sessions to include a 6-7pm session on a Thursday for children aged six to 11.

It has been set up due to extra demand as the club continues to grow.

They also provide taster sessions for those wishing to give karate a try or maybe aspiring to become a future Olympic karate champion.

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