On the weekend of 24th and 25th September nine Walsall members travelled to Dublin, Ireland to compete in the JKS International cup. It was the World Championships of JKS with over 1,000 entries from 30 countries.
The nine were selected by JKS coaches Matt Price Sensei and Nick Heald Sensei to represent England. Overall the English team did superbly finishing 2nd on the medal table just behind Japan.
We are so proud to announce that the Walsall members achieved our strongest ever results in an international tournament with 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. Here are the medalists:
Louis Powell - Male Kata Cadet 14-15Yrs
Isabella Wilkes - Female Kata 12-13Yrs
Isabella Wilkes - Female Kumite 12-13Yrs Open
Thomas Elmore and Joshua Meade - Male Team Kata 11-13Yrs (With Ellis Pindora-Scott)
Louis Powell - Male Team Kata 14-16Yrs (With Louis Johnson and Cameron Panday)
Luanna Roque Henriques - Female Kumite Cadet 14-15Yrs +54Kg
Ynno Angeles - Male Kumite Cadet 14-15Yrs -63Kg
Isabella Wilkes - Koten Kata Mixed 8-12Yrs
Sharaf Ebrahimi - Male Kata Veterans 40-49Yrs
A special mention goes to Isabella for becoming Grand Champion for the 12-13 year old female category.
Congratulations to all those who competed and it is testament to all of your hard work over the years.
Notable mentions from a Walsall perspective go to those who finished just outside the medals in 5th places: Amelia Stanley and Joshua Meade in Kata and Emily Harper in Kumite.