BKF Four Nations Results 28th-29th May 2016
The JKS England team were at Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield for the annual British Karate Federation 4 Nations Championships. This is British Karate’s premier national event attracting the best competitors from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to battle it out under WKF rules.
JKS England finished in 5th place at the Championships out of an entry of 82 teams, which was an excellent result. It also shows the immense improvement in the team having come 35th in 2013, 14th in 2014 and 7th in 2015.
This was a fantastic effort by all JKS competitors. The final medal tally was 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze medals.
The following Red Tigers entered as part of the JKS England Squad and are making excellent progress each time:
Sam Jackson, Lori-Ann Moran, Hannah Cain, Connor Cherry and Grace Baron. Well done to you all.
Hannah Cain won a silver medal in the Under 21’s Female Kumite (-68KG) and a Bronze medal in the Senior Female Team Kumite with Ashley Scott Sensei and Tanya Handley Sensei.
Grace Baron also earned a Bronze medal winning 3rd Place in the 12-13 Girls Kata.
Cumbrian Open Results – 12th June 2016
The JKS England Squad took part in the 40th Cumbrian Open Karate Championships in Penrith on Sunday 12th June. The event is a high quality regional WKF event and is a regular event on the annual squad calendar giving our competitors great experience against some of the best competitors on the open competition circuit. It was a very warm venue with a huge entry, meaning that it was a long and exhausting day!
We also took along some Red Tigers who are gaining experience before attempting to try out for the England Squad.
The results on the day were superb with JKS England taking home a grand total of 6 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 15 Bronze Medals including Ashley Scott Sensei who won the Senior Female Kumite and Lee Lamb Sensei who won the Senior Male Kata. Extraordinary and inspiring performances from both WKF athletes as usual.
Our own Grace Baron won a Bronze Medal for JKS Engalnd in the Girls Kata with Molly Austin and Abby Fielding both taking part in this category. Molly Austin and Abby also fought bravely in the kumite and we are proud of them both for taking part. Grace was on exceptional form as usual and knows that she needs to work on another Kata in order to compete for the silver and gold medals next time around.
Sam Jackson and Lori-Ann Moran won their very first medals for JKS England in the Male Cadet Kata and Junior Female Kumite respectively. This is a great achievement for both of them and we could not be more proud of the effort they have put in over the last 18 months. Julie Moran and Kerrie and Mark Jackson should be mentioned as they have all provided unwavering support to their children and were right to be extremely proud on the day!
Connor Cherry and Callum Miles Sensei both entered the toughest categories of the day – Senior Male Kumite and Senior Male Kata. Both were taken out in each event by the eventual medal winners of the groups. Both worked hard and gained some valuable experience. This was Callum Sensei’s first competition outside of Red Tiger and his performance was very encouraging. Connor Cherry was unfortunately injured in the kumite which has a disastrous effect on the rest of his day. We wish him a speedy recovery.
It was another great day for Team Matthews as we saw both Brandon and Reese trying hard and giving the kumite a go for the first time. Both Ron and Su were on good form and bagged themselves well deserved and hard earned Bronze Medals. Ron once again was very disappointed not to have won Gold but we are sure that it will happen soon for him! He was very unlucky in the Senior Male kumite losing his round 5-4 in the dying seconds against a very well experienced and lightening quick Leeds Karate Academy Fighter Joe Bulmer.
Sonny Millington picked up his first medal by coming 3rd in the 8 years and under boys Kata. He did brilliantly. We were so pleased for him!
The performance of the day no doubt belongs to Zak Thomas-Blackhurst who followed by his last couple of amazing performances with a GOLD MEDAL in the under 9’s brown and black belt Kata event and after using up all of his advanced Katas in the early rounds, he won the gold with Heain Sandan! This is a remarkable achievement considering that Zak is still a third kyu! He celebrated another Gold medal by attending his ‘friend’ Izzy Baron’s Holy Communion. What a sweetheart!
We are proud of all of our competitors and we hope they enjoyed a fab day and most importantly – they learned something.
Huge thanks to all of the parents and supporters who cheered our guys on all day and gave them the opportunity to shine!