Phoenix Karate students shine in big Birmingham event

PUBLISHED: 08:20 24 November 2017

The Phoenix Karate Club squad pictured at the competition in Birmingham. Picture: Vivianne Trorey

The Phoenix Karate Club squad pictured at the competition in Birmingham. Picture: Vivianne Trorey


A trip to Birmingham for their last tournament of 2017 saw four members of the Phoenix Karate Schools squad added to their trophy tally.

The All-Styles Karate Alliance Invitational Tournament attracted competitors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Malta to make it an international event.

Leighton Kerr from Gorleston, competing for the first time as a junior black belt, took a well deserved bronze medal in the 10-12 year old boys’ kumite.

Eight-year-old William Mortimer from Lowestoft was unlucky not to come home with a gold, when he lost by one wazari to a rival from the home counties in the final.

Johannes Bieber fought well and also reached his final, but couldn’t quite get his techniques to contact for the score and had to settle for a silver.

Fourteen-year-old Zara Williams continued her winning streak when she took silver in her individual kumite and weapons Kata. She was then asked to fight as a reserve for the Maltese team, when one of their fighters was injured and they came in with a gold in the team rotation.

Tay Emmerson, Cory Newton-Adams, Billy Baker and William Snowling were unable to make the medals this time despite putting in good performances.

Club coach Vivianne Trorey, 4th Dan, said: “A trip to Hull for squad training and selections for the World Karate Championships in Dundee next June will be our final event next weekend.

“The students will have eight weeks to regroup and get ready for the 2018 season which starts in Liverpool at the end of January.”

Anyone wishing to train at the Phoenix classes in Martham, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Hopton, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad can contact Vivianne Trorey on 01502 730171 or 07895 550168 for details or visit the website at

Meanwhile The Chinto Karate Group attended the EKCC Grand Karate Open at Clacton-on-Sea Leisure Centre on Sunday, November 12.

Eleven students attended this competition and the team came away with eight trophies and two medals after a great effort from all the students.

Anyone wishing to have their sporting achievements featured in the Mercury should email reports to before 12 noon on Wednesday.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Top trainer William Haggas looks to kick off the new season at Great Yarmouth today in spectacular fashion.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Great Yarmouth Town suffered a narrow defeat in a hard-fought game at Long Melford on Saturday, with a late goal from Steve Adams settling the issue.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tuesday night’s match between two evenly matched sides could have gone either way but it wasn’t the spectacle many had hoped for.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A battling performance ended with a harsh scoreline on Gorleston at the potential champions.

Most Read

Yesterday, 13:08

Police are appealing for help to trace an elderly woman who is missing from Bradwell, near Great Yarnouth.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 12:18

Emergency services have been called out to reports of a person in the water by Great Yarmouth’s Haven Bridge.

Read more
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Yesterday, 12:08

A Norfolk business is issuing a warning after finding something worrying on Great Yarmouth beach.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:01

A missing woman from Bradwell has been found safe and well.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

A man told a court how he was stabbed three times while acting as a peacemaker after a row over a damaged car in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court

Local Weather



max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter