Duns karate kid is champion
A CHAMPION karate kid from Preston made a serious impact in his first ever competition at the weekend.
Duns Primary School pupil Robert Matthews, who is eight years-old today, bagged himself an early birthday present when he won his category at the Karate Academy Kata Championships in Edinburgh.
Yellow-belt Robert, who has been involved in karate for about 18 months, attends the Bu Bujin Karate Club, run by Stephen Crees at the Berwickshire High School.
The Karate Academy Kata Championships, organised by the Scottish Karate Federation and held at Westerhailes Education centre, were split into a number of categories. Robert's category was for junior white up to blue belts.
The Kata event comprises a series of moves that are judged on precision, quality and control, and the entrants in Robert's category had to compete against each other in a series of knockout rounds.
Despite competing with more advanced belt colours, Robert won through every round, and although this was his first-ever competition he went on to win the category and take the Kata Academy 2010 Champion title.
Dad Stephen Matthews said that Robert had been very nervous and had butterflies before the start of the event, but was confident in his ability.
Robert now hopes to attend the Scottish Championships at Meadowbank in June.