Sudbury end the season on a high

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It has proved a successful summer for Kuk Sool Won Sudbury as they concluded the end of the current term on a high.

Firstly, the school sent 16 students to compete in a regional inter-school tournament held at the Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket, where they won a haul of 44 medals between them to finish in third place overall.

Trinity Anzalone also picked up the beginners’ champion trophy with the rest of the team comprising Karen Smith, Jemma Slade, Maria Whiting, Matthew Hayward, Maxi-Webster Coles, Jade Henderson, Ric Henderson, Joe Anzalone, Brandon Anzalone, Ollie Hull, Jaimie Howard, David Collett, Aidan Priday, Chaz Knebel and Charlie Newman.

This was followed up with further joy at the European Championships, held at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich, where head instructor Karen Smith was promoted to fourth degree, assistant instructor Nathan Kelly to second degree, Barry Slade and Maria Whiting passed their second degree and Jade Henderson passed her first degree.

Meanwhile, 10 students competed at the championships made up of 800 competitors and between them clinched 20 medals in the forms techniques, weapons and sparring divisions.

The team was made up of Slade, Whiting, Jade Henderson, Ric Henderson, Joe Anzalone, Brandon Anzalone, Howard, Collett, Trinity Anzalone and Newman.

The last day of term was marked by a 20-strong team performing a demonstration in the arena at the Party in the Park, Bellvue Park, Sudbury.

They demonstrated sword and staff forms, punching and kicking, sparring and techniques with knife, rope, fan and cane, as well as break falling, breathing exercises and meditation.

The class restarts on Sunday, September 7, with beginners able to enjoy the first four lessons for free. Visit or contact Karen Smith on 07751 932 408.