Veras Academy brothers bring back three medals from Swiss Open

PUBLISHED: 17:03 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:03 04 March 2015

Luan (left) and Liam Veras with their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras

Luan (left) and Liam Veras with their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras


Brothers Liam and Luan Veras picked up a trio of medals between them at the Swiss Open international tournament on Sunday.

The pair, who represented Veras Academy along with team-mate Seyhan Cinar, competed against clubs from Germany, Italy and Macedonia, as well as the host country.

Nine-year-old Liam set the ball rolling with a silver medal in the Under-10 kata (forms) category and followed it up with gold at the Under-32kg kumite (fight).

Luan, 10, had been unable to train for the tournament due to a recent illness, but still did enough to win a bronze medal in the Under-12s’ 41kg kumite.

Sensei Raphael Veras, the boys’ father and head coach of the academy, said: “Their performances were excellent and prove that they are on top of their category in Europe.”

For more information about the academy, who hold classes at Ringcross Community Centre, Islington and Britannia Leisure Centre, Hackney, visit

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