We took a 13-strong squad of students to the JKS Novice Competition which was held on Sunday 30th April and are delighted to report that our team won 14 medals in total and 1st Place on the Club medal table! It was another hugely enjoyable day spent with our friends at the JKS and Paul Brant Sensei and his team worked tirelessly to make sure that the event ran smoothly. Great job!
We are so proud of all of the students who were brave enough to take part and all have come away with some valuable experience. There are no losers, they can only improve from what they have learned and come back stronger next time.
Congratulations to the following squad members who take part:
Jaime Pratley, Ron and Su Matthews, Izzy Baron, Ellis Pindoria-Stott, Sonny Millington, Lola and Kyle Girault, Kevin Longthorne, Georgie Dyal, Ella Rylance, Gina Farrance and Holly Dale.
Thanks to all the parents for their support and enabling their children to represent our Club. Thanks also to Mike Baron Sensei for coaching all day long. You are a star! Thank you to Grace Baron, Lori-Ann Moran and Abby Fielding for helping us out coaching/warming up the competitors and offering their support and good advice!
There are quite a few great photos from the day taken by RG event photography available to view by clicking the link below:
Here is a full list of the medals winners, but I have to say there were some incredible individual performances and a few who came so close to medalling! Holly and Jaime both went out in the Quarter Finals in Individual Kumite but did so well to get there!
Ron Matthews – 1st Place in Mens Individual Kumite brown belts and above and the Randolph Williams Memorial Award for Best Kumite performance of the day.
Izzy Baron – GRAND CHAMPION 1st Place in Kata and Kumite for Under 9 years
Ellis Pindoria-Stott – GRAND CHAMPION 1st Place in Kata and Kumite for 9-11 years
Georgie Dyal – 1st Place in 12-5 years Kumite and 3rd Place in Kata
Gina Farrance – 2nd Place in 12-15 years Kata and 3rd Place in Kumite
Lola and Kyle Girault – 3rd Place in Family Kata
Ella Rylance – 3rd Place in 9-11 years girls kumite
Kevin Longthorne – 3rd Place in 9-11 years Kata and the only DQ of the day. Naughty boy!
Su Matthews – 3rd Place in Ladies Kata and Kumite Brown Belts and above
Our squad are next in action at the JKS Kids comp on the 11th June at the Cumbrian Open and the 18th June in Nottingham. Why not come along and show your support! If you are inspired by our team and want to join the squad training is held every Monday evening at Thornleigh High School 7pm-8pm with Sensei Paul W and Sensei Mike Baron. No lazies allowed!