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Stratford boy, 14, wins two silver medals in first karate competition

PUBLISHED: 11:31 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 03 August 2017

Andre Galis, left, on the winners podium at the Japan Karate Association's England National Championships. Picture: Natalia Salisbury

Andre Galis, left, on the winners podium at the Japan Karate Association's England National Championships. Picture: Natalia Salisbury

Natalia Salisbury

A 14-year-old boy from Stratford has won two silver medals in his first professional karate tournament.

Andre Galis came second in the Individual Kata, a performance against an imaginary opponent, and a combat test called the Individual Kumite at the Japan Karate Association’s England National Championships.

Natalia Salisbury, Andre’s teacher at Stratford Karate Club, said her orange belt student performed a technically correct choreographed pattern known as Heian Shodan kata or Peaceful Mind One.

“The atmosphere at the sports arena was very professional, which made Andre more nervous than usual, but his focus and desire to win a medal were stronger,” she said.

Natalia described Andre as an eager and hard-working student who has been training with the Stratford club since it opened a year ago.

“His mum explained how he likes to improve his fitness by doing sit-ups and press-ups at home every day with a guided DVD video,” she said.

“We look forward to the gold next year.”

Visit stratford-karate.london for information about the club.


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