Sansum Martial Arts' Winter Championships attended by 148 competitors at Moray Sports Centre
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A LOCAL martial arts club attracted nearly 150 competitors to their annual winter championships at the end of October.
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."
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
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
Gold: Jack Simpson
Silver: Hollie Thirkell
Bronze: Lucas Rooney
Gold: Karina Van Rooyen Cowell
Silver: Josie Ireland
Bronze: Caroline Neil
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