Martial arts veteran spots a future British champion

SPRINGING INTO ACTION -- Charles Spring flies through the air. (PHOTO BY: Richard Richards, University of Derby)

SPRINGING INTO ACTION -- Charles Spring flies through the air. (PHOTO BY: Richard Richards, University of Derby)

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A Belper-based researcher at the University of Derby is sure he has identified a potential British champion in martial arts.

Charles Spring, who runs Belper and Milford Ronin Budo Karate and Kickboxing Club, led a team from Derbyshire at the Revolution Championships Yorkshire Open. And the star of the show was ten-year-old Scarlett Lewis, who won a silver medal and two bronzes in karate.

“Scarlett is just brilliant!” gasped Charles, who has been a martial arts expert for 44 years and is a senior lecturer in wellness management at the university. “She came to me through my research into how to build martial arts into the educational curriculum.

“Martial arts is a physical activity that can be good exercise as well as a sport. It incorporates mind, body and spirit and can be studied for life. It really does fit into the concept of wellness.”

Charles himself competed at the Yorkshire tournament where the Ronin Budo team won two golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Robert Haigh made up the team and Chris Fletcher helped out with coaching.