York Karate leads the world at the Japan Karate Shoto Championships

Three members of York Karate travelled to Dublin, as part of the England squad, to compete against the rest of the world in karate. Over 30 countries were competing, with over 1,000 entries, in the Japan Karate Shoto (JKS) Championships.

Harry Hardcastle, Amy Tegetmeier and Sam Peacock

Harry Hardcastle (16), Amy Tegetmeier (16) and Sam Peacock (14) were selected to compete in the kumite, or sparring, discipline at the event in their relevant age categories. Harry and Amy won gold and are now JKS World Karate Champions, with Sam achieving the silver medal in his category, an excellent achievement at his very first international event.

For Harry, this is yet another achievement in what has been a very successful year. He also won the Gold medal at the British Karate Federation (BKF) Championships in May, a competition that sees competitors from all styles of karate competing together, and silver last month in the English Karate Federation (EKF) Championships, another all styles competition. This puts Harry in a great position for a potential call up to the English Karate National squad, something no one from the City of York has achieved in a generation.