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Brunton is Karate ‘Champion of Champions’

Dogged determination, combined with a rigorous training regime and the technical expertise of his coaching father produced results at the weekend of 7th Sept, after karate international James Brunton clinched the ‘Champion of Champions’ mantle, with the British Open male senior open title at the weekend, along with a championship title in his own weight category.
This title has so far eluded the three times British champion whose other successes included the American Open title which he wrestled from the reigning Italian World Karate Federation champion in front of a packed stadium in Las Vegas’s Caesar’s Palace.
Last weekend, Brunton took on some of Europe’s top karate fighters at the British Open tournament in the newly constructed Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The championship attracted over 1,200 entrants, the largest in the competition’s history.
Brunton fought his way round the preliminary rounds of his own weight category to come up against Ireland’s Ronan Flynn in the final. The Belfast boy made light work of the contest, taking his first championship title, before moving on to the bigger challenge.
Here, in the clash of the champions, Brunton breezed through the eliminating rounds as he took on opponents from the different weight categories, coming up against Scotland’s David Hatt in the final. Although Hatt put up a good fight, this was clearly Brunton’s time as he took the Male Senior Open crown, the big title of the tournament.
Elsewhere, in the tournament, Lisburn schoolboy Craig Ryan took a bronze medal in the male junior, 16 to 18 years, event.
President of Northern Ireland karate, Oliver Brunton, who has coached his son for several decades, was watching as his son took the major title. Oliver, regularly travels to Japan for specialised instruction himself, and who is a 7th level black belt with the Japanese Karate Federation, provided the technical expertise needed to produce a ‘Champion of Champions’.
“I am elated at this result,” he said. “For the past few years I have been saying that Northern Ireland can hold it’s own with the bigger nations within the United Kingdom, but now we have taken the big one and have shown that we can indeed produce a ‘Champion of Champions’.

Anyone wishing to learn karate at the Brunton Schools of Karate Excellence should visit www.irishkararte.com or call 028 90 616453.