Kokusau Karate Kai youngster Adam Richards clinched two incredible gold medals earlier this month with dominant performances at both the Scottish Grand Prix and the Irish International Karate Open.

First up, Adam and his Kokusai teammates made the short trip to Ravenscraig Sports Centre at the start of the month for the Grand Prix event.

Competing in the U13 kata category, the 11-year-old dominated a tough field to secure his first gold of the month in emphatic fashion before a number of Kokusai’s junior squad went on to gain some much-needed and invaluable experience to help their progress and development at national competitions.

Clydebank Post: Adam showing off his Scottish Grand Prix goldAdam showing off his Scottish Grand Prix gold

Travelling to the Budo Nord Irish International Open a week later, Adam maintained his outstanding form to win gold in Dublin.

Attracting competitors from all over the UK and as far a field as Denmark, Italy and Spain, the Irish International was a step up in quality for the Clydebank youngster, but he rose to the challenge with five stunning wins on his way to gold.

Richards got up and running in the Irish capital with a one-sided 5-0 win over a local athlete before a more closely-contested 3-2 second round win over another Irish youngster.

A 5-0 third round victory was quickly followed by a 4-1 semi-final win as Richards booked his spot in the final against English fighter Jack Furniss where he cruised to a comprehensive 5-0 win for gold.

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Kokusai coach Billy Haggarty said: “Adam is one of the most dedicated and focused young athletes I have ever seen. He is a joy to work with and it’s fantastic to see all his hard work and commitment to his training paying off.”

A 7th Dan black belt, Haggarty has been teaching karate for almost 40 years and is a level three Scottish Karate Governing Body coach and National kata coach as well as a British Karate Federation referee and European kata and kumite judge.

Aiming to make classes fun with an emphasis on enjoyment and participation to ensure the children gain a positive experience from karate, Kokusai are looking for youngsters who want to give karate a go.

Based at Clydebank Leisure Centre, the club train every Tuesday and Friday with junior classes from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and senior classes running from 7.30pm to 9pm.

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