Terry's Martial Art of Success

Terry Brigdale, previously at Eggar’s School, recently represented England in the Wado karate European championships in Denmark and won two gold medals for his country. He has represented Wado International Karate-Do Federation at England level for six years and all-styles England squad for one year. Terry is a part of the SU-HA-RI school of Wado-Ryu Karate which trains at Alton Sports Centre and in many towns in the surrounding area. Terry gave us some insight into the competition and his success at the championships:

‘I competed in the all-styles junior European championships in February in Switzerland which gave me good experience and I learnt a lot from competing at the highest level. I took this experience through to the championships in Denmark which was my first major senior competition (18+).’

He explained that there were over 600 entries from 17 countries across Europe which was one of the biggest events in the history of WIKF. Terry participated in four events in the competition and won gold in kata which is the detailed choreographed patterns of movements practised in martial arts. He also won a gold medal as part of the male team kumite (freestyle) fighting. The next WIKF European championships will be held in Rotterdam later in 2016 for which Terry hopes to be selected. He explained that ‘soon I will be taking part in selection for the under 21 category for the junior Europeans next year, and participating in more selections to compete internationally on the senior squad. ‘

Terry is in his second year at Alton College and is studying A level Biology, PE and Psychology. He is currently in the process of applying to study to become a chiropractor at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Oxfordshire.

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