Karate stars amongst the medallists

The Traditional Karate Academy Boston members give a demonstration.
The Traditional Karate Academy Boston members give a demonstration.

Young martial artists from across the country arrived in Boston to compete in the inaugural Santa Claus Cup.

The competition was hosted by Traditional Karate Academy Boston (TKAB) at the Peter Paine Sports Centre.

It was open to youngsters aged 13 and under, with entrants coming from as far as London, Nottingham, Bournemouth, and Brighton, as well as closer-to-home competitors from Peterborough, Spalding and the host club.

The morning practice sessions were led by Sensei Luke Radwanski, a third dan black belt and gold medallist at the 2012 World Championships.

During the main event a masters demonstration was performed by TKAB chairman Sensei Zbigniew Godzisz and the club’s senior members (pictured).

The team Kata competition was won by the TKA Boston team of Adriana Peinseniece, Matviejs Pekuskins and Patrick Godzisz, who also won individual medals.

Individual medals: Higher grades - 1 Adriana Peinseniece, 2 Matviejs Pekuskins, 3 Cornelia Malczewska and Philip Majchrzak; younger grades (nine years) - 1 Kacper Wielgosz, 2 Gabriela Nadolna, 3 Mikolaj Zlomaniec and Patrick Marszalek; (seven-eight years) - 1 Kiril Snikeris, 2 Julia Marszalek, 3 Patrick Godzisz and Timofei Kabak; (six years) - 1 Ernest Skarzinskij, 2 Patrick Kojro, 3 Karina Gomes and David Wisniewski.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Boston, Coun Alison Austin and Coun Paul Kenny.