Archie’s Japan Joy

A Blackpool Karate kid has gained national glory at the age of eight and his growing reputation has spread to the Far East.

Archie Brown from Sawley Avenue, South Shore, Blackpool represented GB in the JKF Goju Kai Karate championships in Japan. The Roseacre School pupil, who trains at First Dojo at Squires Gate, only took up karate in May 2012 and began competing successfully around the country 12 months later.

Within six months he has won several titles, the most prestigious being that of TKF (Traditional Karate Federation) National Kata champion. His successes brought him to the attention of the Great Britain coaches, who invited Archie for trials and he earned a place on the national kumite squad at the start of this year.

That resulted in Archie representing GB in Japan last month, doing himself and his country proud in both the kata and kumite divisions.

Archie, who is grateful for the sponsorship Blackpool Honda and Onscreen Media, is hoping to compete in London and Hungary in the coming weeks.

You can follow Archie’s progress on his own website Archie Bonsai

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