Britain defeated karate teams from Norway and West Germany during an international 'friendly' competition at Luton near london on Saturday (12 November.
Britain defeated karate teams from Norway and West Germany during an international 'friendly' competition at Luton near london on Saturday (12 November. The matches were held as a warm-up for the world championships in Tokyo next month.
SYNOPSIS: In the first bout, Britain's Alec Duncan on the right of the screen faced Johansen of Norway. Each match lasts two minutes. But they can end before time if one of the contestants scores two points. In this contest, Duncan scored a half point with a front kick to the face. Britain-who are the defending world champions in karate-won this match.
Gunther Mohr of West Germany-on the right-won this match against Norway's Martin Burkhalter. But both contestants were called in by the judge for being too defensive. Later on, the match warmed up with Mohr scoring a full point-or ippong-with an unusual roundhouse kick to the chin. Full points are fairly rare, and are awarded only for the best moves.
Britain's number one black karate expert Roy Jerome was the only other constant to win a full point. He did it in this contest against Rene Gestenbreger of West Germany. Jerome won his full point for a roundhouse on the chin and scored a half point with a reverse punch to the back.
The crowd of several hundred people shouted and cheered loudly at the end of the matches. Interest in karate has grown enormously in Western countries during the past ten years. Karate clubs have been set up at many colleges and schools, and it has also grown as a spectator sport.
Britain's teams came first and second. The result was a boost to their chances of retaining the world championship.