Medal haul for Kenpo students

Mark Robinson’s Cambridge school of Kenpo 5.0 with their medal haul of 35 trophies. Standing: Alexandra Hollands, Luke De Jong, Jason Grubner, Mark Robinson, Aaron Bruce, Drew Baldwin, Caleb De Jong, Kaylah Nelson, Danny De Jong. Kneeling: Jacob D’Ath, Liam Frederiks, Fred Bloggs, Michael Farrington, Emerson Frederiks. Sitting: Molly Norvill, Zander Jurgens, Nicola D’Ath, Danielle D’Ath, Owen MacDonald. Absent: William Robertson, Rede McLean, Dan Chapman, Jacob Hoyle, Sasha Worth. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Mark Robinson’s Cambridge school of Kenpo 5.0 sent a team of 23 students to the Fabian Niwa Kenpo 5.0 memorial tournament in New Plymouth last weekend.

After months of training their hard work paid off with a massive team medal haul of 35 trophies from 23 competitors.

“It’s really a fantastic result for these guys and thoroughly deserved,” said their Sensei Mark Robinson. “And this is on the back of an extremely strong performance at the Oceania Competition in May.”

The Cambridge students performed “amazingly well” across all three base areas of the competition – sparring, self-defence and “forms and sets”.

In addition to their many excellent results in the base competition, five of the Cambridge students were also selected for the Grand Champion match off. In this intense final Aaron Bruce was able to win his category as well as the overall Grand Champion award. “A fitting tribute to an awesome young man,” said Mark. “Having said that, the judges had a torrid time trying to differentiate between competitors, the standard was so high.”

Next on the radar for these Cambridge Kenpo superstars is the annual Kenpo 5.0 International Camp in Las Vegas, taking place next year on July 18. Selection, training and fundraising for that event will start soon.

Anyone who would like to learn self-defence or is interested in being part of the Kenpo 5.0 family is encouraged to contact Mark Robinson on 0299333669.

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