We want to wish all the selected JKS England athletes the very best of luck at the 5th JKS Karate-Do International and Para Cup.
JKS England have fielded a very strong team and are going all out to bring as many medals as possible back to England.
Over 1000 entries have been received from over 30 countries and the competition will be tough especially as JKS Japan have formed another formidable squad.
The Championship is being hosted by JKS Ireland with all events taking place in Dublin tomorrow and Sunday (24th and 25th August). Hundreds of hours must have gone into the planning and organisation of this event so congratulations to Dermot O’ Keefe Sensei for making it happen and we wish him every success!
As all the athletes make their way over to Ireland today, we want to take a quick motivational look back at our previous results and appreciate just how far the JKS England Squad have come in recent years. We’ll also take a look at how our own Red Tigers have fared at the highest level within our Association:
At the JKS World Championships held by JKS Scotland back in 2016, JKS England recorded some incredible results, finishing up in 2nd Place on the medal table just behind…… you guessed it – the sublime JKS Japan! They won 12 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze medals. Just two Red Tigers were selected to take part back in the day and they were Grace Baron and Sam Jackson. Grace managed to bring home 3 medals: Gold for Team Kumite, Gold for Koten Kata and a silver for Individual Kata.
Back in 2017, JKS Benelux held the JKS Continental Cup over in Belgium. This was another extraordinarily successful event with JKS England coming out of this one at the TOP OF THE TABLE. A dominant performance by all accounts with the majority of medals being GOLDS! 17 Golds, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze medals. There were 5 Red Tigers selected to take part (Grace Baron, Matthew Affleck, Sam Jackson, Zak Thomas-Blackhurst and Molly Austin-Hogsden) and they managed to bag a fantastic 7 medals between them!
Grace Baron once again walked away with 2 Golds (Individual Kata and Team Kata) and 2 Bronze (Individual Kumite and Team Kumite), Sam Jackson won a gold in Team Kata, Zak Thomas-Blackhurst won a silver for Individual Kata and Molly Austin-Hogsden won a bronze medal for Individual Kumite.
There was no International JKS event in 2018 which has given everyone plenty of time to get more experience and try to get selected for the Continental Cup this weekend.
We are so proud to say that the following 7 Red Tigers were carefully selected by the JKS England Squad Coaches Matt Price Sensei and Nick Heald Sensei and are making their way over to Ireland today.
Ellis Pindoria-Stott, Louis Johnson, Grace Baron, Isabella Baron, Molly Austin-Hogsden, Abby Fielding and Lori-Ann Moran
They will take place in the following events:
Molly Austin-Hogsden – Individual Kata, Team Kata, Individual Kumite, Team Kumite
Grace Baron – Individual Kata, Team Kata, Individual Kumite
Isabella Baron – Individual Kata
Abby Fielding – Individual Kata & Team Kata
Louis Johnson – Individual Kata & Team Kata
Lori-Ann Moran – Individual Kata & individual Kumite
Ellis Pindoria-Stott – Individual Kata, Team Kumite, Individual Kumite
We are so proud that you will all be there representing JKS England and urge you to do the very best you can. You’ve all worked so hard in the run up, now go out there with maximum confidence and give it 100%. This is about you, enjoy your time on the mat and believe in yourself. You’ve been picked for a reason. Your coaches believe in you. You are ready to compete with the best of the best. Give it everything you have. You can do it! Medal or no medal, you’ll gain such a lot from just being there. Only you will know if you could have tried harder on the day or prepared yourself better. We are all behind you.
We will keep everyone up to date with what happens with our guys and girls on our facebook group page. You can also keep track of the full squads progress on the JKS England Facebook page.
Come on JKS England!!!!!!!