Jake Peppercorn was the star of the show when the city’s Hicks Karate School sent a team of fighters to the Watford Open competition.
The 14 year-old came up against some tough opposition in the Open Boys event for 13-17 year-olds but came out on top.
The Watford Open, which this year was held at the Gosling Sports Centre in Welwyn Garden City, attracts the country’s leading martial artists and Peppercorn beat a handful of British champions on his way to the final.
There he met old foe Tom Symon, the reigning world WAKO champion from Northampton who had beaten him in previous clashes.
This time though, the tables were turned as Peppercorn emerged victorious to get his hands on the huge winner’s trophy which is three feet tall.
Peppercorn is now busy training for next month’s Irish Open in Dublin, which is Europe’s biggest martial arts event. Thousands of students take part from all over the world.
Hicks Karate School will be sending a full team to Dublin and are always on the look-out for sponsors for big events. Anybody able to help should contact Andrew Hicks on 07974196256 or at www.hickskarate.co.uk.
Last weekend Hicks Karate School had 15 students take part in the Norfolk Open and they gained 17 top-three places. Twelve of the students qualified for the UFMAA British Championships in Birmingham in October.
Watford Open results
Lucy Hicks - Advanced Girls Under 30kg - runner-up
Ginge Popat-Evans - Advanced Boys Under 30kg runner-up
Braydon Popat-Evans - Advanced Boys Under 35kg - runner-up
Aaron Leonard - Advanced Boys Under 30kg - runner-up
Jake Peppercorn - Advanced Boys Under 75kg - runner-up
Jake Peppercorn - Open Boys 13-17 Years - 1st
Ginge Popat-Evans - Boys 35kg - runner-up
Braydon Popat-Evans - Boys 35kg - runner-up
Norfolk Open results
Katie Lefevre - 16 Years creative - 1st
Braydon Popat-Evans -16 Years creative - 2nd
Katie Lefevre -16 Years weapons - 1st
Atlanta Hickman - Adults creative - 1st
Logan Ridley - Pee-wees mixed - 2nd
Sophie Hicks - Pee-wees mixed - runner-up
Sophie Doyle - Pee-wees mixed - runner-up
Layton Brown - Pee-wees mixed - runner-up
Junior Crozier - Pee-wees mixed - 3rd
Denas Jankauskas - Under 4ft 4in Advanced boys - 1st
Raihan Ebrahim - Under 4ft 4in Advanced Boys 2nd
Ginge Popat-Evans - Under 4ft 4in Intermediate Boys - 1st
Braydon Popat-Evans - Under 4ft 8in Advanced Boys - 1st
Aaron Leaonard - Under 4ft 8in Advanced Boys - 2nd
Warren Bothamley - Under 4ft 8in Advanced Boys - 3rd
Aaron Leonard - Under 5ft Advanced Boys - 1st
Warren Bothamley - Under 5ft Advanced Boys - 2nd
Atlanta Hickman - Under 69kg Advanced Ladies - 3rd
Scott Wesley - Under 74kg Advanced Mens - 1st
Grant Brown - Under 84kg Advanced Mens - 1st
Grant Brown - Over 84kg Advanced Mens - 1st
Denas Jankauskas - Under 30kg Mixed - 3rd
Ginge Popat-Evans - Under 30kg Mixed - 2nd
Braydon Popat-Evans - Under 40kg Mixed - 1st