Gould going for Karate kings

Young Thomas Carson was one of the stars of the day at the Legend Open Karate Championships.

The 11-year-old from Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International won both of his events at Bracknell Leisure Centre, at what was the first major tournament of 2009.

The black-belter won the kata and kumite in real style to add to his growing collection of titles.

Aaron Gould, 16, also put in a performance worthy of one beyond his years.

Having won almost everything in the younger age group including the 2005 world title, he stepped up into the 16-20yrs black belt kata division for the first time and fought his way to the final, where he won to be named champion, having seen off a collection of much bigger and stronger fighters.

Seven-year-old Olivia Christodoulou continued her medal winning ways by taking the silver with club colleague, Cameron Lennon (also seven) right behind her in the bronze medal spot.

Emily Blundell, nine, also took another trophy along with colleague Cameron West,11, both coming joint third in the senior kata event behind Thomas Carson.

Nine-year-old Steven Barton came second in his event and Sam Richards, 13, took a well-deserved joint third in the 12-15yrs black belt kata division - an event which had sixty-two starters.

The junior kata team of Amanda Gower, Steven Barton (both nine) and Samantha Gower, 11, also took gold.

The team will be now be working hard in a year which culminates in the World Championships, which take place in Hungary in October.

Any adult or child interested in joining can call chief instructor Malcolm Phipps on 01442 366048.

The club is based in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon and Slip End.