Our RTK squad have been working hard together all year to prepare for the JKS Nationals held at the Wildcats Arena in Nottingham.
JKS England Squad members are in attendance as well as students from up and down the country and we were really keen to put in some good performances and try to increase our medal tally from last year.
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 had won Gold medals at the JKS European 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 National Squad 2017:
Ron Matthews, Su Matthews, Callum Miles Sensei, Greg Burton, Lewis Thomas, Lori-Ann Moran, Sam Jackson, Grace Baron, Abby Fielding, Louis Johnson, Matthew Affleck, Zak Thomas-Blackhurst, Ellis Pindoria-Stott, Kyle Girault, Izzy Baron, Ben Duckworth, Ava Nicholson, Courteney Alty, Holly Dale, Kairo Fellone, Lola Fellone, Gina Farrance, Andy Matanle, Molly Austin-Hogsden, Kevin Longthorne, Jaime Pratley, Sonny Millington, Georgie Dyal, Phill Burton, Leah Clare and Lola Girault.
Our team set out to be competitive, pick up some good experience and have a fun day. Medals are just a bonus. We are tight knit, work hard and have formed a very close bond. We are always there to support one another in what can be the best, or the most frustrating days you’ll ever have in your karate career.
I love the fact that our more experienced competitors look after our new competitors and our supporters make the most noise! Funniest moment of the day was when big Ron came up to collect his Gold medal and we did the big Ron clap! Haha!
There are large number of students who were lucky enough to win medals and here are our results:
13 x Gold Medals, 17 x Silver Medals and 13 x Bronze Medals = 43 Medals – our best results ever!
Gold Medal – 1st Place
Individual Kata – Molly Austin-Hogsden (for the 3rd consecutive year – awesome)
Individual Kumite – Ron Matthews
Individual Kumite – Lori-Ann Moran
Individual Kumite – Gina Farrance
Team Kumite – Grace Baron, Lori-Ann Moran and Leah Clare (for the 2nd consecutive year – well done)
Team Kumite – Lewis Thomas, Greg Burton and Sam Jackson
Team Kumite – Georgie Dyal, Abby Fielding and Gina Farrance
Silver Medal – 2nd Place
Team Kata: Izzy Baron, Ellis Pindoria-Stott and Zak-Thomas Blackhurst
Team Kumite: Izzy Baron, Ellis Pindoria-Stott and Zak-Thomas Blackhurst
Team Kata: Grace Baron, Lori-Ann Moran and Molly Austin Hogsden
Individual Kumite – Andy Matanle
Individual Kumite – Holly Dale
Individual Kumite – Kevin Longthorne
Individual Kata – Holly Dale
Individual Kumite – Georgie Dyal
Individual Kumite – Zak Thomas-Blackhurst
Individual Kata – Zak Thomas-Blackhurst
Individual Kata – Ellis Pindoria-Stott
Bronze Medal – 3rd Place
Individual Kata – Zak Thomas-Blackurst
Individual Kata – Ellis Pindoria-Stott
Individual Kata – Sam Jackson
Individual Kata – Grace Baron
Individual Kata – Lori-Ann Moran
Individual Kata – Louis Johnson
Individual Kumite – Lola Fellone
Individual Kumite – Abby Fielding
Individual Kata – Su Matthews
Individual Kumite – Su Matthews
Individual Kata – Ron Matthews
Individual Kumite – Greg Burton
Individual Kumite – Lewis Thomas
We are so happy for everyone who medalled and saw their hard work paid off. There were few students who put in fantastic performances and were very unlucky to come away empty handed. You should be encouraged by the progress you have made and the experience you gained. Use it to motivate you to come back stronger and better next time.
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.
Big thanks to Mike Baron Sensei as always for coaching and supporting the students all day and throughout the year at squad class. It really is and exhausting job and you worked tirelessly throughout the day to support and guide the students. We couldn’t do it without you.
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. It is much appreciated by all.
Thanks to Julie Moran for co-ordinating our entries and making sure we were all entered into the correct categories. You are a star and your help is appreciated.
Thanks to Paul Critchard Sensei, Teresa Withington 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. Some of the decisions may not have gone our way but others did, it’s just the game and if you want to be successful, you’d better get used to it.
If you are inspired by our squad and would like to start competing you’ll need to train with our champs at squad class and is open to all, young and not so young, all grades from 3rd Kyu and above.
It takes place at Thornleigh Salesian High School every Monday evening between 7pm-8pm with Paul Wolstencroft Sensei and Mike Baron. 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!