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Luan Veras - Turkish and French Champion in a weekend !

22/11 2016

3rd International Marmara Cup 2016

Friday 18th November, Instanbul - Turkey

Five karate-kas (7-12 years) from Veras Academy won 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. This is one of the qualifying events which is compulsory for all Turkish Nationals as part of the selection process. The whole event lasts 3 days divided in junior , cadets and senior categories.
Veras Academy reaches 7th place in the medals results for England. Overall 19 nations were present including Turkey, Jordan, Algeria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Marroco. Out of 116 clubs, Veras Academy finished on on 16th place.

Team Kata 10-12yrs Veras Brothers:
Luan(12), Liam(11) and Luca(9) -Gold
Veras brothers team kata champions
with proud coach Raphael Veras
Luan Veras
Gold 12 years -45kg
Luca Veras
Silver 9 years -35kg
Liam Veras
Gold 11 years -30Kg
Isaac Gibson
Bronze Kumite 9 years -25kg
Dylan Gibson
Kata: Silver Boys 7 years
Kumite : Bronze 7 years -25kg
Gibson brothers with
proud dad Paul Gibson

Before flying back to London Veras Academy team had a lovely stroll around Instanbul City .
Now will continue with our crazy weekend adventure to Paris after arriving in Heathrow, saturday 11pm, got a taxi to Gatwick airport to get our car at the car park as it was our departure point to Instanbul then drove from there straight to Dover to board on the train to cross the channel so we could make to Paris before 9:30am. No sleep all the way! Well we finally made. Thank God!





Luan Veras(12), after great success in Instanbul at the Marmara Cup, Paris at the Adidas Cup and in Luxembourg at the Coupe de Kayl, he finishes his karate season for the year at the top yet again at the French Cup under the French Federation for USF Karate.

It has indeed been a busy year for the eldest of the Veras Brothers who competes in various combat and forms modalities.


Luan Veras: gold medal at the French Cup - Kumite-45kg

Luan Veras: gold medal at the French Cup - Kumite-45kg

With the USF team!!  USF Coaches at the French Cup

Photos and comment: Patricia Perote (Veras Academy)