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Christoforato clan a golden generation; KARATE.

VALE Karate like nothing better than keeping it in the family - with the Christoforato clan being a prime example.

Bradley, 14, and 11-year-old Kloe have been training with Vale Karate since they were young children.

Beginning karate in 2002, Bradley was a five-year-old, with Kloe joining him in 2005 when she was four.

Two years later, both mum and dad - Heidi and Craig - started training.

Both Bradley and Kloe have had huge success, winning titles across Britain, including seven individual Welsh Karate governing body titles between them. Both are current Welsh champions.

Heidi has started competing recently and has already tasted success with a silver medal at the British Championships in October.

The latest Welsh Karate League event, which took place in Neath, was the first time that Heidi, Brad and Kloe all won gold medals at the same event.

Kloe 11, was winner of the under-12 advanced Kata event, Bradley won the under-14 advanced Kata category and mum Heidi was triumphant in the ladies Kata section.

The Welsh Karate League holds nine tournaments a year at venues around Wales with competitors ranked in their categories.

Vale Karate have taken the league by storm in their first year of involvement with Georgia Hellerman, Christopher Slack, Emma Squire, Bradley Christoforato and Leah Copeland all leading their Kata categories and Harrison Williams and Will Hellerman at the top of their Kumite rankings.

Kloe Christoforato and Ewan Albright lead both their Kata and Kumite events.

Vale Karate are now preparing for the last league event of the year which takes place in Wrexham at the end of the month.

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* Mum Heidi Christoforato, right, with Kloe and Bradley and junior members of Vale Karate's Advanced class
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 9, 2011
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