Two national silver medals for karate club

PUBLISHED: 10:18 09 July 2015

Lewis Byrne - Winners Podium

Lewis Byrne - Winners Podium

JKA Weston Shotokan Karate Club picked up two silver medals at the national championships held in Crawley.

JKA Weston Shotokan Karate Club attended the national championships at the K2 Leisure in Crawley.

The small group of competitors came away with two silver medals having put in sterling performances in all of the categories entered.

First up was Jake Sjogren in the kata (set forms) section. Of the two categories Jake entered, this is slightly the weaker event and fell foul in the first round.

That didn’t stop this extremely determined young man as Jake excelled in the kumite section. Jake went through several rounds to secure a place in the final. Jake was narrowly beaten in second place but secured the club’s first-ever national medal.

Next up was young Katie Sharkey, again in the kata event. Katie made a small mistake which cost her a place in the next round. Kumite was next for Katie, who has excellent form and tremendous physical prowess for a youngster her age. Unfortunately Katie lost out, but that didn’t detract from the fantastic experience Katie gained from attending the event.

The final competitor of the day was Lewis Byrne, who has both great form and kumite skills. Lewis triumphed through numerous rounds of kata, only to be beaten in the final round by the eventual winner of the category.

Lewis’ final event was the kumite and he had to battle his way through the early rounds and managed to secure a place in the final against a competitor who is a member of the current European team kumite champions.

The match drew the attention of the entire centre for a short period as both competitors battle for victory. Sadly Lewis lost out to the experience of the European champion, but managed to secure the second silver medal of the day.

Instructor Sensei Trevor Byrne was extremely proud of the performance that the small squad displayed, competing against clubs from in and around London and as far afield as York and Norwich.

JKA Weston train within Worle Community School through the @Worle Leisure Centre and the club are members of the Go4Life campaign being run by North Somerset Council.

The scheme aims to encourage children and adults into physical exercise. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, why not learn a martial art like shotokan karate with the Japan Karate Association.

For further information, please contact Sensei Trevor Byrne 5th Dan JKA on 07528 512355 or email

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