Teen ace Hodgkins leads the way in Ultimate tester

Ledbury Reporter: TOP DUO: Ultimate Karate shihan Neil Bennett and his son Jack, who is an award winning competitor. TOP DUO: Ultimate Karate shihan Neil Bennett and his son Jack, who is an award winning competitor.

MALVERN’S Ultimate Karate held their annual tournament at Dyson Perrins Academy.

Students from all their clubs competed in kumite sparring, defence and traditional kata.

Eight-year-old Shania Hodgkins, who only started the sport last year, was awarded student of the year for 2013 and claimed the overall defence champion trophy alongside three more medals.

Following in his father’s footsteps, 14-year-old Jack Bennett, who is training towards his first dan black belt, achieved his level two instructor qualification, most improved student of 2013, a kumite silver trophy and three further medals.

His father, shihan, club founder and fifth dan Neil Bennett, said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event. I was thrilled to see so many of my students of all grades excel and be rewarded for their efforts.

“I would like to especially congratulate Shania and Jack, who were outstanding. Both are an excellent example to others of what can be achieved with dedication, determination and hard work.”

Ultimate Karate, who were established 17 years ago, hold several classes in Malvern and Worcester with new students invited to try lessons for free this month. For more details and training times, call Neil Bennett on 07801-846055.

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