A karate tournament raising money for a 'vital' charity is coming to Buckinghamshire soon.

Seido Karate Bucks has practice rooms called dojos in High Wycombe, Tylers Green, Lacey Green and Aylesbury, where they have ran classes for adults, youth and children for more than 35 years.

Now the organisation, led by sixth degree black belt holder Jun Shihan Stuart Wilson, has announced it is hosting the Seido Bucks Benefit Tournament to give students of karate a chance to showcase their skills and to raise money for the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Jun Shihan Stuart’s wife Angela was admitted into the Hospice at Stoke Mandeville for end-of-life care on October 1 last year, where she received compassionate, kind and respectful care, her family said.

A spokesperson from Seido Karate Bucks said: “We wanted to acknowledge the kindness shown to the family by all those involved with the Florence Nightingale Hospice and thought it appropriate to set up this event to raise much-needed funds.”

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The tournament will be held at the Lacey Green dojo on Main Road in Princes Risborough on Saturday, October 14 with students taking part in different disciplines, including kata (a series of moves with blocks, punches and kicks) and kumite (sparring or fighting).

Winners of the Bucks tournament will qualify to battle it out with other dojos in the UK and representing the county at national competitions.

Alongside the main tournament, there will also be a kata-thon. Each student will perform 500 kata’s of their choice.

If 80 participating students perform 500 moves on the day of the tournament, Seido Karate hopes to reach 40,000 kata’s in total.

All proceeds from the tournament plus any pledges for the kata-thon will go to the Florence Nightingale Hospice.