Sobell Karate Club students secure five gold medals at open championship

The Sobell Karate Club squad, with Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui (far left) display their trophies

The Sobell Karate Club squad, with Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui (far left) display their trophies - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Sobell Karate Club picked up the highest number of gold medals for kumite sparring at the 15th Legend Open Shotokan Championships in Bracknell.

The Islington club entered 11 students in the tournament – which attracted 850 in total – and were rewarded with one silver medal and five gold, including three for kumite.

The latter trio of medals went to Panni Hailis (boys’ 12-13 years 5ft and over), Farhan Jahur (boys’ 14-15 years 5ft and over) and Deniz Gencyigit (boys’ black belts 14-15 years).

There were also gold medals for Rakib Matin, in the cadets’ 16-20 years 8th to 4th kyu category – where Hasib Fazli also earned silver – and Del Andrews (21 and over 8th to 4th kyu).

The other members of the squad, who train five days a week at Sobell Leisure Centre, were Ben Tyler, Emma Gencyigit, Sakib Mamun, Oussama Bousba and Sami Albadawi.

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Training is led by Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui, a 6th dan black belt who is an experienced international competitor and was part of Algeria’s national squad before moving to London and representing England twice at the European Championships.

There are a wide range of classes, with students ranging in age from five to 65. For more information about the club, call 07957 630 463 or email

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