Lympstone Karate Dojo enjoy further success

PUBLISHED: 11:01 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 July 2018

Oliver and Alex Roper with Sensei Andy Sherry after recent grading in Exeter

Oliver and Alex Roper with Sensei Andy Sherry after recent grading in Exeter

It has been another couple busy months for Lympstone karate dojo (club), recently clocked up its third birthday (June 9) and, to celebrate, students and instructors travelled to Reading to compete in the KUGBs annual Southern Region championships.

Tom Salt(2nd on right) at podium place at recent KUGB Southern region champsTom Salt(2nd on right) at podium place at recent KUGB Southern region champs

Competing for Lympstone were students Oliver Roper, Tom Salt, Alice Johnson and Josh Langdon.

While Oliver, Alice and Josh put in sterling performances, Tom Salt came away with a bronze medal in Men’s Novice - brown belt kumite (fighting)

A week later, students travelled to Exeter Shotokan karate club in St Thomas for a two-hour training lesson followed by their grading with head of the KUGB Sensei Andy Sherry ninth Dan.

Jake Langdon double graded from white belt to red belt (eighth kyu), Alex Roper achieved yellow belt (seventh kyu) and Oliver Roper, who landed the milestone grading of first kyu, and who will take his Shodan (black belt) within the next year.

Carolyn Roper, Oliver Roper, Alice Johnson, Josh Langdon and Jake Langdon celebrate their successes at the Exmouth CupCarolyn Roper, Oliver Roper, Alice Johnson, Josh Langdon and Jake Langdon celebrate their successes at the Exmouth Cup

The first Saturday of July saw the spotlight on the Exmouth Cup, staged at the Cranford Sports Centre, Exmouth, in aid of Mind.

Sensei Marianne Fox said of the atmosphere at the event: “It was inspiring to see so many people working together to raise awareness for mental health by living and breathing support and encouragement for every person taking part, it was electrifying!”

Everyone at Lympstone Dojo would like to thank Sensei Kevin Berry of Exmouth Karate Academy for arranging the event and to everyone else involved on the day. Competing as part of the Lympstone team were; Oliver Roper, Carolyn Roper, Tom Salt, Jake Langdon, Josh Langdon, Alice Johnson and honorary members Sam and Jake. In terms of the successes, Oliver Roper secured a third in the children’s brown and black belt kata, was also placed second in the boy’s 11-15 kumite and achieved second place in the children’s ippon kumite.

Carolyn Roper was placed fourth in the ladies brown and black belt kata, third in the ladies ippon and third in the ladies kumite.

Jake Langdon was first in the adults novice brown belt kata and also first in the men’s novice to brown belt kumite as well as being third in the men’s ippon.

Alice Johnson took first place in the ladies brown and black belt kata and was also second in both the ladies ippon and kumite events.

Josh Langdon took top spot in the men’s brown and black belt kata, a third in the men’s ippon and was third in the men’s brown and black belt kumite.

Special congratulations also to Josh, Alice and Oliver, who came second in adults team kata

There are clubs across Devon that anyone can join to improve your physical and mental health. This includes Lympstone, Exmouth, Exeter, Cullompton, Barnstaple, Topsham, Clyst St Mary Willard and Tiverton.

For further information contact Marianne Fox on 07729184676 or


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