Duo fighting fit at first national championships

Austen McWade-Price and Shirley Carbon Riddell.
Austen McWade-Price and Shirley Carbon Riddell.

Two Lancaster martial artists came away with medals at their first national championships.

Shirley Carbon Riddell and Austen McWade-Price from Hadashi Martial Arts were competing in just their second ever event when they travelled to the Japan Karate Shotorenmei National Championships in Nottingham on November 24.

A team of four travelled from the club to the Midlands for the competition that had more than 800 competitors with Sharon coming second in the women’s over 16 kumite (fighting) and Austen third in the boys 13 to 16 kumite.

Chief instructor Andrea Carbon said: “It was a great result not only for them but for the club as a whole.

“It puts them firmly on the map for talented prospects in the future and we look forward to sharing more 
successes with them in the future.

“This was our first time competing at the nationals and our students have far surpassed my expectations.

“It just goes to show how much talent we have at our club.”

Students at Hadashi Martial Arts were then given a special master class from Sensei Dr. James Anthony Martin following on from the success in Nottingham.

Martin, a third degree black belt and former national karate champion, is a coach and expert in teaching 
high-performance development in young people and provided advanced coaching for the aspiring karate athletes in Lancaster.

Earlier in the year four young athletes went to the children’s national championships for the first time and they too came home with a silver and four bronze medals after facing stiff competition from all over the country.

For more information about karate classes, call Andrea on 075343 33569 or 01524 34879 or visit hadashimartialarts-lancaster.co.uk.