The JKS England Squad took a Team of 16 competitors plus an additional entourage of 18 including coaches and supporters to Hungary over the weekend of 19th & 20th September 2015. They went to compete at the 18th WKF Budapest Open, which saw almost 1,000 entrants from 23 countries take part in the event.
The Squad came away with 2 Bronze medals, which at such a high level international event was a pleasing result. The two medalists were Ben Richardson who claimed his Bronze in the Senior Male Kumite -84Kg category and David Lister took his in the Cadet Male Kumite +70Kg category. A great achievement by both at this level.
David also just missed out on another bronze in the Junior Male kumite event, losing in the repecharge finals. Also narrowly missing out on medals in this manner were Emelye O’Brien in the Junior Female Kumite, Rowan Reeve in Boys Kata and Amber Bannister in Cadet Female Kumite. All performed extremely well in getting to that stage to compete for medals. Amber in particular showed great spirit losing a very hard fight 7-5 and taking a couple of heavy blows in the process but fighting hard to the end!
After the competition the Team and supporters enjoyed a great night out in Budapest and spent some time sightseeing the following day before flying home. Many thanks go to Balazs Herczeg from JKS Hungary for his help in booking the meal and showing us the best nightspots!