Martial art stars are karate kings of Europe

Martial art experts Stephen Smith, Terry Pollard, Nigel Cruickshanks, Philip Duxbury, Peter Walker enjoyed success at the European Karate Championships , in Germany
Martial art experts Stephen Smith, Terry Pollard, Nigel Cruickshanks, Philip Duxbury, Peter Walker enjoyed success at the European Karate Championships , in Germany

A group of martial artists from Colne bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to the European Karate Championships in Germany with an exquisite haul of 11 trophies.

The quintet, representing Kanokwai-Budo Remnei, would have required extra luggage space for their flight back across the North Sea after cleaning up in Gieblestadtt.

Terry Pollard, 3rd Dan, took first place in the Masters Kata while Sensei Stephen Smith, 6th Dan, claimed second spot behind his stablemate.

The GB athletes reigned supreme with an exhilarating, synchronised display in the Team Kata, finishing ahead of Denmark and the home nation respectively.

Kata runner-up Nigel Cruickshanks, 5th Dan, and self-defence partner Peter Walker, 1st Kyu (brown belt), were crowned the golden pair in the demonstration category.

Philip Duxbury, who formed a third of the victorious Team Kata alongside Terry and Stephen, was also awarded silver in the individual and demonstration events.

Team GB was also presented with the prestigious trophy awarded to the country who accumulated the most points overall.

Sensei Smith, a bronze medallist in the Kumite alongside Peter, said: “This was our most successful campaign to date, taking 11 trophies across four disciplines. We also have a new European veteran champion in Sensei Terry Pollard 3rd Dan who took first place in the individual Kata and the Team Kata.

“We were competing against opponents from Holland, Denmark, Italy, Germany and the USA and we came away with the trophy for the country that accumulated the most points overall in the competition.”

The competition came to fruition after Sensei Smith and Sensei Juergen Hagenbusch, Grandmaster 8th Dan, and president of Traditional Martial Arts Alliance Europe, met over 30 years ago. Anybody interested in training in Traditiona Japanese and Okinawan martial arts in a friendly professional atmosphere or joining TMAAE can contact Sensei Smith on 07854 147297. Kanokwai-Budo Renmei Dojo is based at Primet Hill Mill in Colne.