Seven Medals in International Karate Tournament

Posted: 19th March 2024

Students from the Prep School and Senior School have won seven medals at the Renshinkan England Karate International Friendship Tournament on Sunday 10th March.

Zarah Karate Burgess Hill Girls

Renshinkan Shorinjiryu is a traditional form of karate practised in schools across the world. It was introduced to England in 1985. On Sunday 10th March, 225 athletes came together to take part in the 2024 International Friendship Tournament at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. For the first time ever, a contingent from Japan including 10th Dan Grand Master Tamotsu Yuzo, also visited to take part.

Representing Burgess Hill Girls were Amber, Ashiana, Aurelia, Catherine, Esme, Genie Carline, Georgia, Jasmine, Lana, Melissa, Olivia, Rosie, Sanaya, Scarlett, Tazmeen, and Zarah. The team finished third overall and picked up seven individual medals in their different competition categories: golds for Esme and Zarah, silver for Sanaya and bronzes for Ashiana, Jasmine, Lana, and Melissa.

Lana Karate Burgess Hill Girls

It was also a special tournament for the Sensei of Burgess Hill Girls Dojo and GB Renshinken England leader Julia Turney as she was awarded 7th Dan, becoming the only female leader to ever achieve this honour. She said:

“I am tremendously proud of the Burgess Hill Girls Team – they continue to punch way above their weight for such a small dojo, and this is shown by their strength in depth.But, more importantly, their etiquette, deportment and good sportsmanship was outstanding. They were impeccable, and a great example to everyone.”

Ashiana Karate Burgess Hill Girls