We would like to say a huge well done to Caitlan Moss who trains at the Clifton and Swinton dojos with Emma Ginn Sensei and Tony Davies Sensei for completing her Black Belt Grading at the JKS England Brown and Black Belt Course on Sunday 3rd June.
Caitlan was given permission by Head of JKS England Alan Campbell to retake her kumite section early due to her forthcoming operation and we are delighted to report that she did really well. She had to spar a Black Belt from another JKS Club and was trying hard to put together some good combinations and effective counter attacks.
At her original grading she was really sharp and focussed throughout the combinations and performed some beautiful Katas. She scored well in both areas and showed everyone that she is very talented and determined indeed. She struggled in the kumite when she met a very competent opponent and didn’t manage to land any effective techniques in the time allowed. For this reason she was given a kumite only element to retake.
Caitlan has been diagnosed with Scoliosis and recently got some devastating news that she would have to have metal rods placed in her spine to straighten the curvature which is rapidly getting worse the older she gets. This causes her constant pain and discomfort and is beginning to effect her breathing – hence the need for an urgent operation.
So for Caitlan to achieve her Black Belt is a lifelong dream come true at the time she needed some good news the very most. She is a very inspirational young lady who we hope will be able to continue to train with us and carry on with her other beloved sports.
The Moss Family are currently trying to raise funds to send Caitlan to Germany for vertebral body tethering (VBT) surgery instead of having a metal rod fitted on the NHS. This would mean that she wouldn’t lose all of her flexibility, a quicker recovery and a better quality of life (including carrying on with the sports she loves so much).
There is a crowdfunding page and I will post the link below for anyone who is able to help with either a donation or like and a share on social media.
Jackie her mother has also organised a Fun Day on Saturday 8th July at KD Sports in Swinton where all money raised will go towards Caitlans fund. We are donating a raffle prize of a free karate uniform and 1 months free karate training. Any other Red Tigers who are willing to donate a raffle prize please get in touch with Jackie Moss.
There is a facebook page called ‘Keep Caitlan Bendy’ with more information about upcoming fund raising events.
We are so proud of what Caitlan has achieved and we wish you the very best of luck in your upcoming surgery. We look forward to seeing you back on top form after making a full and speedy recovery!