Kilburn family secure seven medals at British karate championships
PUBLISHED: 13:34 12 June 2013
Sensei Veras and his young family walked away with seven medals from the British Four Nations Karate Championships in Glasgow on Sunday.
Brothers Liam, Luan and Luca, who train at the Moberly Sports Centre in Kilburn, all stood on the podium in recognition of their individual performances, but they all narrowly missed out on standing on the top step.
First to compete was seven-year-old Liam, who negotiated the opening rounds to take a silver medal in the under-10 kata category and he also earned bronze after fighting through seven rounds in the under-10 kumite class.
Luan followed in the under-10 over-33kg category and the nine-year-old also demonstrated a great understanding of timing and technique to earn silver.
They were joined by their five-year-old brother Luca for the 12-team kumite event, but they again missed out on gold and were forced to settle for a place on the second step of the podium.
And the boys’ father Sensei Raphael completed an impressive day for the Veras clan with a bronze in the under-67kg elite senior kumite category, after narrowly being denied further progress by a flag decision.
Accustomed to success, the Veras family has made a habit of medalling at major championships, having returned from the WKF World Shotokan Championships (Istanbul) and European Championships (Luxemburg) with silverware – and they will be heading to Amsterdam to once again compete in another European Championships.
Sensei Veras runs classes at his karate academy six days a week, and anyone interested in joining can visit the website for class times and locations – www.verasacademy.co.uk
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