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Champion display all the way! Huddersfield club dominates on the biggest stage.

A HUDDERSFIELD-BASED martial arts club have been crowned world Champion of Champions.

The KKIDS (Karate-Kickboxing-Intense-Defence-System), who compete out of Huddersfield sports centre, swept all before them in the US Open Karate World Championships at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World, Florida.

By the end of an amazingly successful event, the 10 team members of the Huddersfield club had won a total of 16 trophies and medals from the famous ISKA and NASKC world championships in the Sunshine State.

World champion Mark Grosse completed his hat trick in the over 30s world championship, winning a really hard final to take the honours by a technical knockout.

Jack Lupton also showed his flair and style as he went on to take the world championship semi-contact points division in the black belt 16/17 year boys division against a large collection of the world's best young black belts.

The previous day Jack took second place in the 16/17 year boys black belt in kickboxing which took him into the Worlds Elite Eight.

Keeping up the pressure, Nicole Bruce took two world championships in her first event at this level.

She took world championship gold in the girls 16/17 kickboxing final and the following day backed that up with success in the 16/17 girls semi-contact points division.

Her teammate Louise Binns took second place in the intermediate girls 16/17 girls semi-contact points division.

In the two-man team event, Lupton and Lewis O'Gara took third place championship against tough opposition.

Luke Grosse (Mark's 12-year-old son) took fourth place in the kickboxing 12/13 years boys novice event and then took third place in boys 12/13years semi-contact points division Marion Angove took fourth place trophy in the women's over 30s traditional forms.

Yasmin Middleton took fifth place in the girls 12/13 years traditional forms.

Kyle Middleton finished fifth in the boys 8/9 years kickboxing intermediate competition going on to take sixth place in boys 8/9 years traditional forms.

Last but not least, Master Trevor Middleton took eighth place in the over 50s traditional forms.


WORLD DELIGHT: the successful KKIDS members show off their medals and trophies from the world championships in Florida. Back row, from left: Yasmin Middleton, Marion Angove, Mark Grosse, Lewis O'Gara, Jack Lupton, Louise Binns, Nicole Bruce. Front: Kyle Middleton; Master Trevor Middleton (chief instructor), Luke Grosse.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2008
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