Karate with a splash

Members of the Peterlee and Horden Martial Arts Clubs performing katas in the sea as part of the sponsored event.
Members of the Peterlee and Horden Martial Arts Clubs performing katas in the sea as part of the sponsored event.

MORE than 50 karate enthusiasts made for a strange sight when they performed martial arts moves in the sea.

The members of Peterlee and Horden Martial Arts Clubs performed katas among the waves at Crimdon Dene, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Katas are moves against imaginary opponents and some of the moves saw members splashing under the surface.

Members, some in fancy dress, were sponsored to take part in the wacky event and raised around £1,000.

The money will go towards transport costs to get members to the Isle of Man Karate Federation tournament, which takes place on Easter Saturday, as well as for club funds.

Around 50 spectators also turned up to see the bizarre sight and the event attracted bewildered glances from passers-by.

Chris Anderson, 31, who runs the Horden club and is third dan black belt, said: “The support was brilliant and everyone had a right laugh.

“There was a massive crowd of us that turned up and started running towards the sea - quite a few people on the beach stopped and turned to see what we were doing.

“There was quite a few who bottled out of doing the floor move. A few of us did and it was awful.”

Chris, who is a partner at Peterlee-based A1 Trophies and Engraving, which is owned by his dad, Bob, 60, who runs Peterlee Martial Arts Club, thanked everyone involved.

There is still time to donate to the members and anyone wishing to do so can call (0191) 5861159.