Furi Sutairu Karate Redditch (FSK) secured podium finishes in all categories at a national mixed martial arts event held at Arrow Vale RSA Academy this past weekend.
FSK Academy hosted the event in the Midlands for the first time with more than 135 athletes taking part – aged four and upwards – and over 200 spectators in attendance.
The martial arts on show included taekwondo, kickboxing and karate – in Grappling, Kumite, Individual Kata, Team Kata and Weapon Kata categories.
And FSK Redditch had 15 competitors in action – the youngest aged five – securing podium finishes in all three categories.
The event was due to be held for the first time in March 2020 but was cancelled in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Event host Sensei Dave Treadwell – who has practiced martial arts for 37 years – hopes the event can become an annual competition following its success in Redditch.
Treadwell said: “We’ve worked hard over last 18 months to get the event up and running.
“The reason for the event taking place just after Covid was that we wanted to get martial artists back doing what they love and back on the mat.
“Everyone had a fantastic day, all the students from around the country mingled really well – in a competitive arena – working together in a team.
“We’re going to try and do one in the Midlands every year because it works as a centre-point for people from all over the country.”
Clubs from around the United Kingdom travelled far and wide to compete at the event with martial artists from London, Manchester, Norwich, Scotland and Wales taking part.
Disciplines included point sparring, continuous sparring and traditional karate sparring which were judged by officials from all over the UK.
The event was supported by local Redditch-based company Safety Plus who provided the embroidery for all of the judges and referees.
FSK Redditch is a family orientated club – kids and parents mix both inside and out of of the dojo – and teach a traditional style of Shotokan karate in English and Japanese.
Sensei Treadwell – who has more than 100 titles to his name and currently holds a 5th Dan in Shotokan – has been teaching in the town for the last 15 years and encourages anyone to become involved with martial arts.
Sensei Treadwell added: “It’s nice to give something back and see progression in people – whatever background they’re from or age they are.
“It gives people a bit of a release outside of work or school as well – there are so many benefits not just physically but mentally as well.
“If you want to make friends, calm your anxiety, improve your fitness, self-defence and discipline – it’s a great way of doing it all.”
Classes are taught at Arrow Vale Academy on Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm with anyone aged four and above encouraged to take part with or without any prior martial arts experience.
An advanced class is also taught with Ringside Boxing at the Matchborough Centre on a Wednesday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm.
For anyone interested in training with FSK Redditch please contact: Furisutairu1@gmail.com