Crawley Karate Club duo win international titles

Crawley Kyokushinkai Karate club fighters gained back-to-back success over the last two weeks with Dawid Ozga winning the lightweight Under-21 European Championships in Spain and Joshua Mays taking the novice lightweight crown in the IKK Open Championships in Folkestone, Kent last week.

Dawid was part of an eight-person team representing GB in Lloret De Mar along with Crawley cadets Blake Collins and Ryan Morter.

Following his successs winning the British crown in November unfortunately breaking a finger this was a good test to see if the hand was fully recovered and he came through with flying colours.

Dawid dropped his opponent with low kicks to the leg for ippon and victory.

Unfortunately both Blake and Ryan were defeated in the first round however its more valuable experience on the international stage as they prepare to take the step up to adult levels.

Josh Mays beat his French opponent who hit the canvas within 20 seconds as Josh landed a round kick to the head downing the fighter and earning Josh a waza ari.

He proceeded to dominate and won the bout comfortably.

The semi-final put Josh up against another French fighter and although the bout went into the second round his opponent quit after taking a heavy low kick and giving Josh Ippon.

The final was a walkover due to his opponents previous injuries which can be common in this bare knuckle full contact sport.

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