On Sunday 1st November Walsall Karate Dojo were at the JKS England National Championships in Nottingham. The event attracted over 580 entrants from JKS England and independent clubs across England, Wales, Scotland plus Slovenia. Five areas were completed utilised from 9am - 6:00pm. It was an extremely high standard event. The venue was great and the event was a credit to JKS England. A big thank you to Alan Campbell, Wendy Preston and chief referee Geoff Dixon for all the hard work in making the day happen.
We entered a team of 24 from our squad program. Everyone showed great spirit and determination. Congratulations to all competitors:
Marlon Amulong, Ynno Angeles, Amber Bannister, Karanjeet Basran, Leo Bateman, Lewis Bradbury, Thomas Elmore, Tanya Handley, Sydney McAleenan-Marks, Joshua Meade, Kris Orthodoxou, Ean Pabinguit, Ben Peach, David Pearson, George Pearson, Johann Santos, John Santos, Amelia Stanley, Benjamin Stanley, Joseph Stanley, Rebeka Thacker, Anthony Wilkes, Isabella Wilkes, Daniel Woodcock.
We finished the day with an amazing 8 Golds, 5 Silvers and 10 Bronze Medals:
Amber Bannister - Female Kumite 14-15 yrs, Dan Grade
Lewis Bradbury - Male Kumite 16-18 yrs, 3rd Kyu to Dan Grade
Sydney McAleenan-Marks - Female Kumite 14-15 yrs, Kyu Grade
Kris Orthodoxou – Mixed Kata 10-15 yrs, Under 6th Kyu Grade
Johann Santos - Male Kata 10-15 yrs, Dan Grade
Isabella Wilkes – Mixed Kata 9 yrs & Under, 3rd Kyu to Dan Grade
Amber Bannister, Johann Santos, Amelia Stanley - Team Kata (11-15 yrs)
Thomas Elmore, Joshua Meade, Isabella Wilkes - Team Kata (10 yrs and Under)
George Pearson - Male Kumite 8-10 yrs, 3rd Kyu to Dan Grade
Johann Santos - Male Kata 16+ yrs, Dan Grade
John Santos – Male Veteran Kumite – 40+ yrs
Amelia Stanley - Female Kata 13-15 yrs, Dan Grade
Amelia Stanley – Mixed Koten Kata 15 yrs & Under
Marlon Amulong - Male Kata 16+ yrs, Under 3rd Kyu Grade
Lewis Bradbury - Male Kata 16+ yrs, Dan Grade
Joshua Meade – Mixed Kata 9 yrs & Under, 3rd Kyu to Dan Grade
Anthony Wilkes – Male Veteran Kumite – 40+ yrs
Isabella Wilkes – Female Kumite 8-10 yrs, 3rd Kyu to Dan Grade
Amber Bannister, Lewis Bradbury, Johann Santos - Team Kata (16+ yrs)
Amber Bannister, Tanya Handley, Rebeka Thacker – Female Team Kumite (16+ yrs)
Amber Bannister, Sydney McAleenan-Marks, Amelia Stanley – Female Team Kumite (14-15 yrs)
Ben Peach, Johann Santos – Male Team Kumite (14-15 yrs)
Joshua Meade, Benjamin Stanley, Isabella Wilkes – Mixed Team Kumite (10 yrs and Under)
A special mention also to Ean Pabinguit who finished 4th in Male Kata 10-12yrs Dan Grade and Amber Bannister who finished 4th in Female Senior Kata entering as a fifteen year old! Both were extremely strong events.
A massive thank you to Bob Piggott, John Santos, Mark Turner and Paul Stanley for being our coaches on the day. Also well done to Steve Spence and Darren Rushton for judging all day long. Finally a big thanks to all parents, partners, family and friends who made the effort to travel and support the team.