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Sansum Martial Arts' Winter Championships attended by 148 competitors at Moray Sports Centre

By Jonathan Clark

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A LOCAL martial arts club attracted nearly 150 competitors to their annual winter championships at the end of October.

Trophy winners from Sansum's Winter Championships at Moray Sports Centre in Elgin..
Trophy winners from Sansum's Winter Championships at Moray Sports Centre in Elgin..

Sansum Martial Arts – which has clubs in Elgin, Lossiemouth, Forres, Keith and Dufftown – held their Winter Championships, open to its club members, at Moray Sports Centre.

Awards were handed out in a number of categories, with competitors aged from three all the way up to adults.

Kate Sansum, co-owner of Sansum Martial Arts, said: "This was our third winter championships since Covid. It went really, really well. We had 32 volunteers that helped it all run smoothly.

"There were 10 categories and competitors came from all of our clubs. Having 148 competitors shows how much the clubs have grown.

"We had three generations of one family – four family members – which was really nice to see."

Gold trophy winners from Sansum's Winter Championships at Moray Sports Centre in Elgin..
Gold trophy winners from Sansum's Winter Championships at Moray Sports Centre in Elgin..

In addition to the Moray locals who attended the event, members of Sansum Martial Arts clubs in Manchester and Blackpool travelled north to attend.

The tournament, which attracted more than 450 attendees, including those competing, had something for everyone, from children as young as 3-5 engaging in sword sparring right up to adults.

A grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter competed together, showcasing the inclusive nature of Sansum Martial Arts. Many parents and children from the same family also participated.

Sansum Martial Arts, under the leadership of Master Damon Sansum, a former world champion and Team Great Britain Olympic team athlete, is dedicated to instilling confidence and fearlessness into its students.

This tournament underlined their commitment to building a strong tournament team that will compete in the UK and Europe in the coming year.

Sansum Martial Arts offers a unique blend of Olympic karate, tae kwon do, and kickboxing, providing a comprehensive martial arts experience. To book a free trial class visit sansumkickboxing.com


Little Dragons 3-5 year olds

Gold Lewis Benson

Silver: Abigail Souter

Bronze: Joe Stephen and Isla Maclean

Little Ninjas 5-7 year olds

Gold: Nieve Boyfield

Silver: Sky Moss

Bronze: Jack Maclean and Isley Ritchie

Terriers 7-9

Gold: Ellie Henderson

Silver: Freya Ritchie

Bronze: Phoebe Swift and Marco Sozzi

Terriers 9-11 years old

Gold: Lewis Regan

Silver: Charlotte McKnockiter

Bronze: Kyle Rooney and Jacob Raisbeck

Cadets 11-16

Gold: Jack Simpson

Silver: Hollie Thirkell

Bronze: Lucas Rooney

Adults Ladies

Gold: Karina Van Rooyen Cowell

Silver: Josie Ireland

Bronze: Caroline Neil

Adult Men

Gold: Mark Richie

Silver: Andy Kidd

Bronze: John Mclennan

Fight Team Junior

Gold: Poppy Douglas

Silver: Sebastian Sansum

Bronze: Amilei Niven

Fight Team Senior Ladies

Gold: Eilidh Regan

Silver: Cara-Louise King

Bronze: Robyn Collier

Fight Team Senior

Gold: Theo Sansum

Silver: Finn Askew

Bronze: Troy Collier

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