BKF success for the JKS England squad

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By NH / SC
Published Thursday, May 31, 2018

The JKS England Squad had a fantastic weekend at the BKF Home Nations Championships in Leicester.  This was, in fact, our most successful major domestic event ever and we unexpectedly topped the medal table ahead of 86 other Associations!

We came away with 7 Gold medals, two of which were Gold medalists last year.  Sam Coxon once again won the Male Veteran Kumite and Maisie Redgrave and Isabella Wilkes won the Pairs Girls Kata 12-13 Yrs.

Sharif Ebrahimi, Abdul Saif and Harry Hardcastle all took individual Golds in Veterans Kata, Junior Male Kumite and Cadet Kumite respectively.  Fantastic performances by all three.

Following on from Gold at the EKF Nationals last month, James Harrison, Abdul Saif and Ilyas Hamid took Gold in Cadet & Junior Male Team Kata.  Jessica Maitland, Grace Baron and Amelia Stanley took Gold in the equivalent event for Females.

We had so many good performances and this weekend really highlighted how far the JKS England Squad has come in recent years.  Well done to all involved, Coaches, Competitors as well as Parents and supporters who all give up their time to make this happen.  Not forgetting, of course, Geoff Dixon who was there officiating.

Not resting on their laurels though, the Squad are back in action the weekend after next at the Cumbrian Open in Penrith.

Abdulrahman Saif - Male Junior Kumite -55KG
Harry Hardcastle - Male Cadet Kumite -70KG
Sam Coxon - Male Veteran Kumite
Sharif Ebrahimi - Male Veteran Kata
Ilyas Hamid, James Harrison, Abdulrahman Saif - Male Cadet & Junior Team Kata
Grace Baron, Jessica Maitland, Amelia Stanley - Female Cadet & Junior Team Kata
Maisie Redgrave, Isabella Wilkes - Girls Pairs Kata 10-11 Years

Charlotte Haxby - Female Junior Kumite +59KG
Lori-Ann Moran - Female Junior Kumite -53KG
Charlotte Haxby, Lori-Ann Moran, Georgia Wise - Female Junior Team Kumite
Harry Hardcastle, Joe Hird, Kennedy Lambourne - Male Cadet Team Kumite
Thomas Elmore, Kris Orthodoxou - Boys Pairs Kata 12-13 Years

Melissa Finlay - Female Senior Kumite -61KG
Johann Santos - Male Senior Kata
Callum Hulse - Male U21 Kumite -84KG
Lacie Stembridge - Female U21 Kata
Ron Matthews - Male Veteran Kumite
Sophie Watt - Female Cadet Kumite -47KG
Joe Hird - Male Cadet Kumite +70KG
Jessica Maitland - Female Cadet Kata
James Harrison - Male Cadet Kata
Cody Gedge - Boys Kata 10-11 Years
Ella Pitt - Girls Kata 10-11 Years
John Gough, Sam Jackson, Rowan Reeve - Male Cadet & Junior Team Kata
Grace Baron, Georjeana Harrison, Alice Whittington - Female Cadet Team Kumite
Molly Austin-Hogsden, Sophia Cunningham, Georgie Dyal - Girls Team Kumite 12-13 Years
Luke Beswick, Cody Gedge - Boys Pairs Kata 10-11 Years