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Karate kids in seventh heaven

PUBLISHED: 14:40 31 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 11 August 2010

The karate champs with their trophies

The karate champs with their trophies

KARATE kids Samuel Parle and Dahni Maisuria have fought their way to victory at an international competition in Malta. Two weeks ago the tiny Mediterranean island hosted the SKSM Karate Open where the lads scooped an incredible seven trophies. Both boys,

KARATE kids Samuel Parle and Dahni Maisuria have fought their way to victory at an international competition in Malta.

Two weeks ago the tiny Mediterranean island hosted the SKSM Karate Open where the lads scooped an incredible seven trophies.

Both boys, aged nine, attend Manor Junior School, in Sandringham Road, Barking and train for four hours a week at nearby Barking Abbey's Ishinryu karate club.

Fifteen countries competed at the championships, with England coming in second overall.

Samuel picked up a gold medal in the individual competition and also took home the silver in the blue/black belt category.

In an amazing team effort he and Dahni scooped another silver medal with the help of fellow club member Abbie Cook from Rainham.

Samuel then went on to take the bronze medal in Kumite, which is fighting. Dahni swept the boards too, taking home the top prize in Kumite.

As well as his gold medal, Dahni also won a bronze in his individual competition.

Samuel has been training since the age of seven and Dahni since the age of six.

The two boys study under Coach Jonathan Mittram, who is the assistant coach to England's under 21s karate team.


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