William is the conqueror as he fights off rivals to get gold

From left: Alfie Cunningham, William Cunningham, Jacob Sharp and Samuel Gilson
From left: Alfie Cunningham, William Cunningham, Jacob Sharp and Samuel Gilson
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WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM produced a golden display at the Japan Karate Association Four Nations tournament.

The Havant ace, nine, picked up the gold medal among the top karate students in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England.

William’s brother Alfie, 16, also performed well in the competition at the K2 Arena in Crawley, along with Havant club-mates Jacob Sharp, Samuel Gilson, and Carey and Lawrence David.

Guest students from Germany and Norway also took part in the established competition, making it more like a six nations.

William produced his top form in the boy’s black belt kumite section to take the championship.

Havant Karate Club coach Steve Fife said: ‘After two fights he got to the final.

‘And with William’s good movement, strong attacks and speed in blocking and counter punching, he took the title with style.

‘William did superbly on the day.

‘He’s had a fine year – being crowned national kata champion, named in the England squad for next year, getting his black belt two months ago, and now four nations kumite champion.

‘Alfie just missed out in the black belt kata (patterns) final.

‘He fought well throughout the day, winning two rounds, but then went out to a very strong and aggressive fighter.’

Sharp and Gilson, both aged 12, performed well in the brown and black belt kata and kumite section, both winning two rounds as they showed their potential.

In the senior category, Carey and his son Lawerence fought well against top opponents in the senior black belt section.

Next the Cunningham brothers fly out to Norway with the England karate team to train for four days and compete.