Eastern Shotokan Karate Association squad head for World Championships in Serbia

The Eastern Shotokan Karate Association squad heading to Serbia for the 23rd SKDUN World Shotokan Ka

The Eastern Shotokan Karate Association squad heading to Serbia for the 23rd SKDUN World Shotokan Karate Championships. Pictured, back row from left, are squad coach Jason Hitchings, Matthew Potter (15), Elliot Dronfield (15), Patrick Matthews (15), Joshua Spruce (16), Bailey Green (13), Nathan Bond (29); (middle) Max Clay (13), Alex Loombe (13), Molly Lambert (12), Blake Spencer (11), Teigan Forster (12), Shannon Marment (11), Max Threadwell (12); (front) Jadzia Molloy (11), Udon Leathersich (8), Arwen Stewart (10), Luca Occhionero (9) and Reegan Green (11). - Credit: Submitted

Eighteen members of Sprowston-based martial arts club Eastern Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA) are travelling to Serbia this weekend.

The ESKA is travelling to southern Europe for the 23rd SKDUN World Shotokan Karate Championships, which are being held in Subotica between tomorrow and Sunday.

The ESKA members, who are all from Norwich and the surrounding areas, have been chosen to represent the Traditional England Karate Squad at the event, which will be attended by 23 countries and approximately 1,300 competitors. It will consist of team and individual events in both kata (form) and kumite (free style fighting).

The final event on the Sunday will be the prestigious Masters competition where each country can nominate one male and one female to compete for the ultimate title of World Grand Champion.

The ESKA squad has had an excellent year attending many competitions locally, nationally and internationally to gain a grand total of 87 gold medals, 74 silver medals and 55 bronze medals between them.

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All the squad members have been attending intensive weekly squad training sessions as well as their regular classes in preparation for the event.

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