We sent our biggest ever squad to the JKS England National Championships held in Nottingham on Sunday 20th November.
A number of students have been working hard every Monday with Paul Wolstencroft Sensei (and throughout the week with their Class Instructors) in order to improve their standard and compete at the Prestigious National Championships of our Association.
We are in great company at JKS England, home to some of the most successful coaches and competitors in the UK. There were a number of students taking part who were taking part who had won Gold medals at the JKS World Championships so you can imagine that the standard was exceptionally high.
We are so proud of the way our competitors and parents stuck together and supported one another. It really does make a big difference.
Before we go on to report how the team did I want to mention by name all the students brave enough to put themselves forward and represent our Club. Being part of such a large Club brings enormous pressure as you have everyone behind you, but they coped brilliantly and did their very best.
Huge congratulations and we are proud of the Red Tiger Nationals Squad 2016:
Ron and Su Matthews, Callum Miles Sensei, Daryl Brady, Lewis Thomas, Lori-Ann Moran, Sam Jackson, Grace Baron, Abby Fielding, Louis Johnson, Matthew Affleck, Zak Thomas Blackhurst, Ellis Pindoria-Stott, Kyle Girault, Isabella Baron, Gina Farrance, Ella Rylance, Molly Austin Hogsden, Kevin Longthorne, Jaime Pratley, Sonny Millington and Lola Girault.
We knew the challenge would be tough and didn’t really expect to win any medals at all on the day. We were just looking to pick up experience and have a fun day. Our team are tight knit, they work hard and have formed a very close bond. They are always there to support one another in what can be the best days, or the most frustrating days you’ll ever have in your karate career. I love the fact that the more experienced competitors look after the newbies.
There are large number of students who managed to win medals and here are our results:
10 x Gold Medals, 4 x Silver Medals and 9 x Bronze Medals = 23 Medals – our best results ever!
Gold Medalists and National Champions:
- Lola Girault – Individual Kata
- Molly Austin-Hogsden – Individual Kata
- Grace Baron – Individual Kata
- Zak Thomas Blackhurst – Individual Kata
- Abby Fielding – Individual Kata
- Matthew Affleck – Individual Kata
- Gina Farrance – Individual Kata
- Grace Baron, Molly Austin-Hogsden and Lori-Ann Moran – Team Kumite
- Isabella Baron – Individual Kata
- Sonny Millington – Individual Kata
- Su Matthews – Individual Kumite
- Sam Jackson – Individual Asai Kata
- Ellis Pindoria-Stott, Kyle Girault and Zak Thomas Blackhurst – Team Kumite
- Jaime Pratley – Individual Kumite
- Jaime Pratley – Individual Kata
- Lola Girault – Individual Kumite
- Lori-Ann Moran – Individual Kumite
- Grace Baron – Individual Kumite
- Ella Rylance – Individual Kumite
We are so happy for everyone who played their part, Kevin Longthorne and Kyle Girault were very unlucky not to medal in Individual Kata making it to the Quarter Finals in an enormous group.
There was so many great moments on the day – too many to mention here and I’m sure it’ll be a day we will never forget.
Thank you to everyone to took part.
Big thanks to Mike Baron Sensei and Rob Head Sensei for coaching and supporting the students all day. It really is and exhausting job and you were both amazing.
Thanks to the parents for enabling their loved ones to represent our club and sharing in our success. Thanks especially to Amanda Thomas for organising a discounted stay at the Village Hotel, evening meal and leisure activities in Nottingham. It is much appreciated by all.
Thanks to Paul Critchard Sensei, Teresa Withington Sensei, Nichola Rose Sensei and Paul Wolstencroft Sensei for being officials and working hard throughout the day. It really is a thankless task and you cannot please everybody. We must all remember that the officials are trying their best and without them, there is no competition at all.
If you are inspired by our squad and would like to start competing you’ll need to train with our champs at squad class which will resume in January and is open to all, young and not so young, all grades above the grade of 5th Kyu.
It takes place at Thornleigh Salesian High School every Monday evening between 7pm-8pm with Paul Wolstencroft Sensei. The training fee is £6 and free for JKS England National Squad Members.
Huge thanks to Alan Sensei and Wendy Sensei and Geoff Dixon Sensei from JKS England on putting together a fantastic event for all. Great job!