A young Saltcoats girl has taken-on the best of European karate and returned with two medals.
Aria Pascual recently competed in the JKA (Japan Karate Association) Junior European Championships, held in Bochum, Germany.
A member of the Karate Do Shotokan club, which meets in Saltcoats, Aria secured Silver in the Individual Kata, which involves performing a detailed pattern of movements, each of which is a complete fighting system. The Saltcoats girl also took home a Bronze medal for the Individual Kumite, which translates from Japanese as “grappling hands” and involves competing against an adversary.
Aria’s European success builds on her taking three of the top prizes at this year’s JKA Scottish Championships, held last March, in which she was crowned champion in three categories – Kata, Kumite and Team Kumite. To round off a very successful day, Aria was also awarded Best Junior Competitor 2015.
Following the European championships, Aria’s sporting and physical success was recognised by her school, Ardrossan Academy, which presented her with the Coltart Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Sport.
Aria trains with Sensei John Deans at the Saltcoats Dojo in St Matthews Academy.
Shotokan Karate is based on the teachings of the Japan Karate Association and further information about the local club is available here.