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Eastwood shines with three golds; Karate.

TEESSIDE martial artists excelled last weekend at a national championships.

Members of Sokudo Karate club brought home an impressive medal haul at Karate England National Open Championships, held at Loughborough Leisure.

The team came away with a total of seven golds, two silvers and seven bronze medals.

Garrick Eastwood, who trains at Teesside University, was the outstanding performer of the whole tournament, taking three golds by winning the junior and senior lightweight kumite and the senior Shobo Ippon lightweight kumite. He was closely followed by Sal Malik who recently came out of a 10-year retirement to take golds in the senior heavyweight Shobo Ippon and the veteran men's kumite.

He also achieved a bronze medal in the senior middleweight kumite. The other two golds were won by Maddison Moore from Sokudo''s Kidderminster club.

Paul Lineham took two silvers in the junior 65 kilos plus category and the senior 75 kilos plus and Jen Choi took two bronze medals in the junior 65 kilos kumite and the senior Shobo Ippon kumite Under-70 kilos.

Patreek Anthony took bronze in the senior men''s Under-65 kilos, while Gui Zyengya managed a bronze in the senior men's Under-65 kilos.

At his first competition for the club, Aaron Tarleton-Hodgson took a bronze in the junior men''s 65-kilos plus.

The senior men''s kumite team rotation of Garrick Eastwood, Sal Malik and Prateek Anthony also took bronze.

Both Garrick Eastwood and Paul Lineham are now competing in the WUKF World Junior Karate Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia, where Garrick is favourite to bring back a medal having won a silver in the Senior Europeans in Irvine, Scotland, in June.

Sokudo is run by former Karate World Champion and existing National All Styles Squad head coach for Karate England, 8th Dan Abdu Shaher.

Mr Shaher is now starting new karate classes for beginners and experienced students at the studio on Tuesdays at 6-7.15pm and the Seventh Day Avengelist Church, Linthorpe on Thursdays at 6-7.30pm.

The classes are suitable for all age groups from five years to 75 years and is a great opportunity to train with one of the UK''s top Karate coaches. Those interested can contact Abdu Shaher on 07770 546 810 to book onto the courses.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 13, 2012
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