Prize fighters bring success to Falkirk and district

Jordyn Smith scored international success in Luxembourg
Jordyn Smith scored international success in Luxembourg
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International class martial artists are at work in the Falkirk district.

Jordyn Smith from Carronshore won the gold medal at the Luxembourg International Championships in Dudelange.

24/05/11. John Devlin. GRANGEMOUTH. Stadium. Karate kids back from Holland championships medals. Coach Francis Robertson with medal winners Jamie Robertson (13) Jodie Ferguson (11) bronze Emma Eaton (10) Bronze + Silver and Lucy Ferguson (9).

24/05/11. John Devlin. GRANGEMOUTH. Stadium. Karate kids back from Holland championships medals. Coach Francis Robertson with medal winners Jamie Robertson (13) Jodie Ferguson (11) bronze Emma Eaton (10) Bronze + Silver and Lucy Ferguson (9).

The ten-year-old trains with the Central Tae-Kwon Do Academy and was fighting in the under 26 kilogram competition.

She even defeated last year’s champion eight points to five in the first round, and then eased the final 10-1.

And the youngster wasn’t the only one who was fighting abroad and finding success.

Three karate kids from Falkirk were in action in The Netherlands representing Scotland.

28/05/2011'FHS Kobe Osaka  Black belt award recipients

28/05/2011'FHS Kobe Osaka Black belt award recipients

Jodie Ferguson, Emma Eaton and Lucy Ferguson were part of a 14-strong squad of 14 children aged 9 to 17.

Scotland’s was one of the smallest squads attending the Japan Karate Association European Junior Championships and 11-year-old Jodie took bronze, while ten-year-old black belt Emma returned with a silver and bronze medal.

They were joined by Forth Valley neighbour Jamie Robertson and coached by Francis Robertson and Scotland brought home one gold medal, two silvers, and nine bronze.

Karate closer to home was also in abundance when the Kobe Osaka association held its annual festival.

01/06/2011'Tae Kwon Do Ultimate

01/06/2011'Tae Kwon Do Ultimate

At the Linlithgow event, several fighters made the grade in black belt.

Abigial Black, Holly Martin, Nicole Erskine and Kara Dalziel all passed and got their Shodan-ho, Greg Ballantyne got his Junior first Dan and Sam Doran got his Junior second Dan.

In addition, more than 50 youngsters became PeeWee Ninjas, and another 50 juniors passed.

A small squad from the same club fought in Edinburgh at the seventh Scottish championship where almost 1,000 competitors from 15 countries took part and Holly Martin won Bronze in the 13yrs girls Kata. In the team Kata event Holly Martin, Leigh Doran and Becky Morley won Silver.

140511 kobe osaka karate festival at linlithgow leisure centre.

140511 kobe osaka karate festival at linlithgow leisure centre.

Sensei Paul Lapsley also won Gold in the senior Kata event - his second year of winning and making him Scottish International Champion.

Falkirk Ultimate Tae kwondo racked up medal placings and several World Championship titles when they sent blackbelts to compete for Scotland in Swindon’s PUMA Open.

Gaynor Scott was first to win for Scotland with Junior Female Lightweight sparring. Rachel Wilson also picked up the same for Cadet. Nicole Johnston went one better than her team mates and picked up silver in the heavyweight.

All three then combined for a team second in patterns win and their third in sparring.

In adult patterns Instructors Liz McKenna and Nicole Brown settled for bronze in the fourth-fifth and third Degree divisions respectively, but Julie Scott and Nicola Bishop secured gold in these categories.

Ashley Brown came through the rounds in the first Degree division and took Silver in a close final.

In the veteran patterns dad of Rachel Wilson, David was pleased with his silver.

The adult sparring saw the medal tally increase with gold for Nicole Brown in sparring, against club-mate Nicola Bishop in extra time. Ashley Brown won silver in the featherweight division and John Cowan and David Wilson were joint bronze winners in the veteran male lightweight category.

The Scotland Ladies team, captained by Liz McKenna, increased the medal tally again in the Team Patterns but England took the title.