Two new European Karate Champions for Dagenham-based club

PUBLISHED: 17:22 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 17:37 18 June 2012

Elite Tang Soo Do Karate Club's successful  Germany European Championship team

Elite Tang Soo Do Karate Club's successful Germany European Championship team


Elite Tang Soo Do Karate students Kelly Lock and Georgia Steele return victorious from European Championships in Germany.

Two members of Elite Tang Soo Do Karate Club where crowned European Champions in Dortmund, Germany last weekend.

Club instructor Kelly Lock, 19, and 12-year-old student Georgia Steele both won first place in multiple categories.

Lock took top spot in the sparring and weapons form (Kata), while Steele gained her win for empty-hand form and also in the weapons category.

The Dagenham Park School-based club travelled by minibus through four countries to get to the tournament for the two-day event.

The Elite Tang Soo Do students all excelled at the championships and returned home with 21 trophies and medals from various individual and team categories.

It didn’t end there, as three of the club members represented Great Britain in a five-man team sparring event, with one of the club’s instructors, Danny Heath, captaining the side.

Chief instructor Stuart Reason said: “I’m very happy with all the students, it was a fantastic performance. They were competing against some of the best martial artists in Europe.

“One of my proudest moments of the weekend was when three of our members were invited to represent Great Britain and Danny Heath was asked to captain the team.”

The squad also included Danny Reason, Connor Moore, Andrew Paddon, Jay Smith, Freddie Steele, Lewis Richardson and Hollie Richardson.

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