Karate students help pack bags in Honiton ahead of international tournament

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 01 November 2017

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

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Members of Say Yes to Life Karate Club (SYTL), based at Hontion Leisure Centre, helped pack shopping bags at the supermarket.

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

Shoppers at Honiton’s Tesco store generously donated £600 to East Devon’s fastest-growing traditional Karate club.

Members of Say Yes to Life Karate Club (SYTL), based at Hontion Leisure Centre, helped pack shopping bags at the supermarket.

The help was part of a drive to raise funds for the club attend the International Seiwakai Open Karate tournament in London on November 5.

The tournament attracts competitors from across the world and SYTL is the first Devon-based club to be invited to attend.

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

The fundraising will go towards transport costs for around 40 students heading to the event.

Karate teacher Sensei Paul Batters, a Japanese graded black belt, said: “I’m sure some people might have been surprised to see our youngsters in their karate uniforms at the checkouts.

“It made for quite an unusual sight, but we were all blown away by the generous support and well wishes we received from the people of Honiton who shopped at Tesco whilst we were there.

“Thank you to everyone who made a donation and thank you also to Tesco for making it happen.”

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

The SYTL Karate club runs eight classes a week, with a variety of sessions for all ages and abilities, at LED’s Honiton Leisure Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mr Batters said the students will learn a lot from their tournament experience.

He added: “This traditional Karate tournament will be an inspirational experience for our students and we will be aiming for some of them to compete there next year.

“With Karate’s inclusion in the Olympics from 2020, it would be amazing to think we may have some budding Olympians in our club. The possibilities are truly endless.”

Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.Youngsters from SYTL helped pack bags at Honiton Tesco.

For more information about the club, visit www.sytl.co.uk, email sytlenquiries@hotmail.com, or call 01395 239143.

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