Sempai (2nd Dan) Hayley-Beth Rowlands is a member of Cwmbran Kyokushinkai Karate Club. Kyokushin is a form of stand-up, full contact karate.
A spokesman from her club said: “The KWU association is the highest level of competition available to the most demanding of all traditional karate styles.
“There were over 700 competitors and although it was a European tournament there were many World Champions taking part. Sempai Hayley was competing in the Adult ladies (over 18) under 50kg category and she defeated competitors from Kazakhstan, Russia
“Sempai Hayley’s progression under the guidance of Sensei Gareth Rowlands, Shihan Terry Prescott and more recently Sensei Jonathan Tineo
She won the IFK World under
Sempai Hayley was also awarded the accolade of best technical female fighter by the judges in Bulgaria.
The next competitions are in Madrid in March, Merthyr in May, Crawley in October culminating in the KWU World Championships in Kazakhstan in December.
Join Cwmbran Kyokushinkai Karate
Call Sensei Gareth Rowlands on 07776 254709 to find out more about the club.