Filwood karate club wins international awards

Picture and story by Community Reporter Charlie Watts

A Knowle West karate club has been celebrating after some of its pupils won awards at a recent European Championships competition.      

The club, which practises the Shukokai style of karate, has been based at Filwood Community Centre for around four years and holds classes there twice a week. 

Brown belt Rhys McNiell (9) won a silver medal in the under-16s kata section of the World United Martial Arts (WUMA) European Championships, held in Worcester on 3 November. 

Twelve-year-old black belt Breanna Roberts also took home a bronze medal in the under 16s-kata – while Conner Sweet scooped bronze in the over-16s.

The club is led by Val Davies – a sensei of 30 years’ experience. 

She said: “The club does very well in tournaments in both the adults and kids’ sections.

“Breanna has been training six years with me and my students are as young as five.

“We believe in self-respect and that if you respect yourself and others – then the world would be a better place.” 

Members of the karate group last year after attending the 2018 World Championships.

And in 2016 when the group was newly established it scooped 19 awards in only three competitions.

Sessions take place at Filwood Community Centre on Wednesdays from 5-6pm and Sundays, 4-5pm. Call Val on 07939 805 097 to get involved.