Costin Success

Posted at 3:08 pm on 26th February, 2019

Flixton Girls School (FGS) year 9 student Ellie Costin is pushing her Karate goals forward. Last year we reported how her intensive training was now allowing her to compete ‘Kata’ performances at an International level.  

Kata is an exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, especially a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers and is used in judo and karate training.

Ellie competes in both individual and pair Kata’s and has many achievements under her belt. Most recently Ellie achieved a gold medal in Hamburg Open Kata. This is only the tip of the iceberg, as prior Ellie has achieved the following:

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30th Sept – Berlin Banzai Cup – 5th out of 38

13th Oct – Chorley – Red Sun Club Comp – Gold in Pairs and Silver Individual

14th Oct – Worcester - Central England Open – Gold in team and Gold in pairs, Bronze individual

18th Nov – East Midland Open – Gold Individual, Gold Team and Gold Pair.

27th Jan – Yanagi Kai Club Championships – Silver Individual and Gold Pairs.

Mr Costin said ‘In November Ellie has passed her final grading, before black belt assessments which should take place around November 2019. We are all made up with her achievements. Ellie is now getting more involved in strength / conditioning work and weight training to progress through the ranks.’

Ellie commented ‘I have fun competing and enjoy spending time at competitions with my team; we always support each other. I just seem to thrive under pressure of the large championships. I would love to represent my country at an Olympic Games.’

Karate is currently a self-funded sport and in order to further her development she needs to access more International competitions. Finances don’t always allow for Ellie to regularly participate in European competitions. Local businesses interested in supporting Ellie’s future or any of the current Elite Kata Squad should contact http://www.saledojo.co.uk/

We wish Ellie and her squad all the very best for future competitions and training.