World gold medal for Seaton man

PUBLISHED: 18:57 09 December 2010

Matthew Palmer and Mark Cuthbertson

Matthew Palmer and Mark Cuthbertson


A SEaton man has just returned from the LTKKA Open International World Kenpo Karate Championships, in Dublin, Ireland, with a gold medal.

The British Kenpo Karate Union ("BKKU") team, whose headquarters and main training studio are in York Road, Exeter, sent a team to the world event.

Matthew Palmer, 21, Green Belt from the BKKU's club in Seaton, won his division (Senior Self Defence Techniques) to bring home gold and came third in the Forms Division to bring home Bronze.

Mark Cuthbertson, aged 23, 1st Degree Black Belt from the Exeter Club won his division (Senior Self Defence Techniques) to bring home the Gold.

Both participants beat off very stiff competition from other competing countries including USA, Spain, Ireland, Venezuela, Italy, Iceland, Holland, Belgium and Chile.

Cuthbertson started training with the BKKU when he was six years of age under his Instructor and Head of the BKKU, Associate Master Kevin J Mills, and Palmer has been training at the Seaton Club for the past three years under his Instructor, Mr Amrik Singh.

Associate Master Kevin J Mills 8th Degree Black Belt, Head and Senior Instructor of the British Kenpo Karate Union, is extremely proud of both students for their level of training and commitment to the art and for their excellent standard and representation of the BKKU at this very prestigious event.

●The Seaton Club runs both adults and junior classes and will be launching a new Junior training programme in the Year New.

Anyone interested in either adult or junior classes should visit or call 0560 3319 558 for further details"

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