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AT the age of 39, Vale Karate's Andrew Kanias made a triumphant return to the Welsh Championships on Saturday, winning the men's Kata gold medal. For the past three years Andrew has been independent, busy establishing Kansei Karate Schools, but missed the opportunities that being inside the Welsh Karate governing body provided and so approached his friend and former instructor Rob Copeland.

The result was that Andrew and his Kansei Karate School are now once again part of Rob's Vale Karate.

Saturday's win was Andrew's third Welsh title, having won in 2004 and on his last appearance in 2006.

As well as training harder than ever and busy with his classes in the evening in Cyncoed, Llanedeyrn and Rhoose, Andrew has also joined Rob and fellow Vale Karate instructor Rob Green in teaching Karate in primary schools all over Cardiff and the Vale.

Rob Green, winner of the Welsh Bushi-Kai Kata title the previous weekend, failed to make it an all-Vale men's Kata final by the narrowest of margins on Saturday, losing in the semi-final to secure a bronze medal.

Vale Karate's quartet of young Welsh internationals, who are among the 10-strong Welsh squad competing at the World Championships in Morocco next month, had mixed fortunes.

Natasha Paton, 17, Elliot Evans, 16, and 15-year-old Luke Davies each won silver medals.

Rhys Davies, 16, however, took the gold medal in the under-18 under-76kg division by beating Alex Sell, England's No 1. The World Under-21 Championships take place at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sport Complex in Rabat from November 12-15.


Vale Karate's Andrew Kanias in action at the Welsh Championships
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 14, 2009
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