The NIKW Brunton Schools of Karate scooped two individual male senior championship titles at the Scottish International Karate Open, a further championship title in the male senior team event, silver and bronze in the under 21 categories, and a runner-up medal in the boy’s free fighting event.
On the first day of the competition, Ireland’s top fighter James Brunton fought his way through the preliminary rounds before coming up against Dublin’s Rodolfo Rodriguez. The two men gave a spectacular performance but Brunton’s strategic dominance gave him the edge enabling him to take the crown in the final seconds of the match. Brunton then joined his colleagues Fergus McMullan and Iman Sanchooli to win the male adult team event.
Sanchooli also took a male senior championship title, with McMullan taking silver in the individual free fighting and a bronze in the technical event in the under 21 male category.
Ross Dougan won a silver medal in the boy’s free fighting event.
“Although the competition was tough, as I had trained for several hours every morning in the run-up to the event, I felt I was on top of my game and enjoyed the path to the finals,” Brunton said. “With the adrenaline ringing in my ears, I stepped up a knotch which helped me secure the championship title.”
Brunton spoke of his pride in the children from the NIKW Brunton Schools of Karate – Ross Dougan, Jack Carson, Thomas Bell and Katelynn McCracken – who took part in the event. “The four youngsters who took part in the second day of the championships all did themselves proud,” he continued. “Their hard work is starting to pay off, especially for Ross who took a runners-up medal in the free fighting event.”