Steven Davies, gained bronze in only his second tournament, in the Men's beginner's class at Bridgend, and there was also a bronze for young Josh Whatling at the same event.
World Karate Federation president Antonio Espinos revealed on Saturday a plan to push for karate's inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, a bid that would see both men and women compete in five weight classes over two days.
The federation's plan will call for 12 competitors in each weight class, for a total of 120 athletes.
It is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop).Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles . A karate practitioner is called a karateka .
Ashihara karate employs scientific logic, based on a natural rationality and the exclusion of all unnecessary things. Traditional karate has put too much emphasis on either light techniques or solely on strength. In the society of today a more realistic form of karate is needed, one where speed, strength, wits and strategies all are included.
Ewerton Teixeira seems way too nice to be involved in the bone-breaking world of martial arts. But don't be fooled because underneath that relaxed, friendly exterior, the 190-centimeter, 110-kilogram Brazilian karate king is the real deal, to be sure.
Teixeira, 28, is the reigning Kyokushin-kaikan World Open karate champion, a title he won in 2007 by going 8-0 in the tournament sometimes billed as the "Olympics of karate."