The Squad develops selected members of JKA England to compete at international competitions. Training and competition continue throughout the year to ensure our members are ready to compete at Japan Karate Association international competitions.
Every squad member starts their journey at the JKA England Club level – training, grading, competing. This focus on Club training continues throughout development. It is regular practice that provides the strength, power and technical knowledge that squad members need to be successful. Squad layers on additional intensive training sessions focused on competition kata and kumite – refining and improving. Squad members compete in a wide variety of competitions within England to test out these skills.
When squad members are ready to be selected for the JKA Europeans and JKA World Championships they can test out their skills against the best in the world. JKA England are proud to say our small team regularly finds itself in the final rounds and on the medal podium at these competitions!
|Roisin Akimoto, Oasis||Shekinah Bautista, Reading||Tosan Awani, Stevenage|
|Alistair Bevan, Kenshinkan||Owen Cook, Kenshinkan||Owen Barber, Yushikai|
|George Dragonov, Budokwai||Alfie Cunningham, Portsmouth||Helena Chan, Colchester|
|Jordan Godbold, Ipswich||Abigail Good, Westminster||William Cunningham, Portsmouth|
|Rachel O’Halloran, Oasis||Endri Krasniqi, Westminster||Jack Edwards, Tokon|
|Jana Sersnova, Oasis||Harrison Langridge, Yushikai||Nancy Edwards, Tokon|
|Bianca Webb, Kazokudai||Tia Molesbury, Kenshinkan||Leilani Gabrielli, SESKA|
|Joel Woof, Westminster||Zak Moorcroft, Kenshinkan||Suhayb Haoui, East London|
|Cian Moroney, Yushikai||Mohammed Iman, Kyoushinkai|
|Nathan Radford, East London||Mia Lam, Ipswich|
|Aaron Storey, East London||Viktor Lam, Ipswich|
|Sasha Walter, Budokwai||Brody Moroney, Yushikai|
|Trent Moroney, Yushikai|
|Shion Nakamura, Shiranamikai|
Head Coach: Roy Tomlin MBE, 6th Dan
Assistant Coach: Ken Hori, 5th Dan
Sensei Roy and Sensei Ken are responsible for the development of the squad for the years 2018 through to the 2020 JKA World Championships. JKA England Chief Instructor, Sensei Ohta, and the rest of the Technical Committee also keep a keen eye on squad development – dropping in on squad training, checking stances at national courses, giving feedback…. There is nowhere to hide!
The Squad competes in karate competitions around England to develop our members. These competitions provide mat time in both kata and kumite to test out what they are learning in actual competition. Training informs competition and competition informs training.
JKA World Championships
|9 December 2018|
|20 January 2019||Squad members only – selection for Senior Europeans|
|10 February 2019||Squad members only – selection for Junior Europeans|
|3 March 2019|
|17 March 2019|
|28 April 2019|
|12 May 2019|
*Unless otherwise noted, training is held at Westminster Shotokan Karate Club, St. Andrews Youth Club, 12 Old Pye St, Westminster, London SW1P 2DG, from 2 to 5pm.
If you are interested in finding out more about training with the squad, please contact the Squad Manager. We are looking for Junior members (under 16) who are 3rd kyu and above and Cadet/Senior members (16+) who are 1st Dan and above. While it is important to have a strong basis in kihon, kata and kumite, it is more important to have spirit! Oss!
Squad Manager: Tracey Good, 2nd Dan firstname.lastname@example.org
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