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Karate Kid Tucker punching above his weight

Cainan Tucker stands at four feet tall and weighs 50 pounds soaking wet.

But don’t let his size fool you as this promising karate kid packs a powerful punch.

The eight-year-old Somersfield Academy student turned heads during last week’s Sensei Roots Karate Tournament at St John’s Church Hall where he walked away with the Intermediate Boys Under ten and Intermediate Boys Under 15 Grand titles competing in the Forms.

Perhaps making Tucker’s achievement all the more remarkable is the fact he conquered rivals older than himself en route to glory.

The P4 student was introduced to the martial arts a few years ago while attending studies in the Caribbean and hasn’t looked back since.

“My mommy (Charmaine) was seconded to work in the Bahamas for one year and I went with her,” Tucker recalled. “While I was there I was a student at Lyford Cay International School and started karate as well.

“My Daddy (Sean) and mommy chose it for me because they said that I needed the discipline that it involved. After I started it I loved it, and I still enjoy it very, very much.”

Tucker’s success at last week’s karate tournament might not have come completely as a surprise to some given he is being taught by legendary Sensei Skipper Ingham, who has had a profound influence on the youngster’s budding career.

“Sensei Skipper always pushes us to be better,” he said. “Even after I won the competition he came and told me that I still need to work harder! He is the best, anywhere!”

Like the evergreen Ingham, Tucker wants to aspire to become a Sensei one day.

“I want to be as good as my Sensei Skipper Ingham,” he added.

Sport runs deep on both sides of Tucker’s family.

His mother is the niece of legendary Bahamian athlete Thomas A Robinson after whom the Bahamas National Stadium is named, while his grandfather St Clair ‘Brinky’ Tucker is a former footballer and cricketer.

Tucker’s father Sean is a well-known cricket commentator for VSB and a past cricket statistician.

In pursuit of excellence, Tucker, who also plays the violin and drum, practices regularly with family and friends.

“My mommy and daddy make sure that I practice regularly while my friend Riley Mason practices with me as well,” he said. “My grandma (Lyn) and papa take me to the Dojo 3 - 4 days a week while my uncle Stephen also practices with me.”

Tucker, who hopes to become either a lawyer like his parents or a doctor, believes there are so many positives to be gained from his chosen sport.

“I would encourage everyone to become involved with karate because it keeps you in shape and is lots of fun,” he said. “It also disciplines you because you have to follow rules in the Dojo, and those rules will go with you everywhere in life.”

Winning combination: Cainan Tucker poses with legendary Sensei Skipper Ingham at last week?s Sensei Roots Karate Tournament.

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Published February 18, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated February 18, 2012 at 6:46 am)

Karate Kid Tucker punching above his weight

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