A karate club in Rutherglen is helping to train the “champions of the future” after they won an array of medals at competitions around Europe.
Yamakai, who combine traditional Japanese Shotokan with competition Sport Karate, managed to secure three gold, five silver and seven bronze medals in the past two months.
In August members were involved at the local Wishaw Grand Prix where Louis Galasso (13) and Matthew Miller (14) won gold in the 12 to13-years boys + 57 kg kumite and Cadet Male under-57 kg respectfully.
Silver went to Keir Fraser (14) with bronze medals going to Amy Luke (17) and Callum MacDonald (15).
The group also attended the British International Open held in Glasgow’s Emirates arena on September 5.
The event attracted competitors from all over Europe and Yamakai’s Marc McCaulay (21) won gold in the Senior Male under 84 kg section in front of the SKY television cameras. Amy Luke won silver in both the under 59kg and Junior Open female kumite sections.
Silvers also went to Calum MacDonald in the Cadet male under 52 kg and Louis Galasso in the 12 to13 years Boys Open Weight sections.
Bronze was won by Emma Boyle in the senior Female 68kg, Matthew Miller in the cadet male under 52kg and Jack Johnston in the 12 to13 years boys 45kg section.
Yamakai members also travelled to Basle in Switzerland for the local International Open Masters event. Amy Luke took bronze in the female under 59 kg kumite section with Marc MaCaulay narrowly missing out on a bronze losing his final match on a flag decision after it had ended 3-3.
Yamakai coach, Jim Ross said: “Yamakai members have a number of events on the horizon with club members Amy Luke and Calum MacDonald heading to Indonesia soon for the World Under 21 Karate Championships in November.
“The club is always on the look out for new members who will, hopefully, be the champions of the future.
“They are training really hard at the moment. They train six days a week, including double sessions, and with the national squads every weekend as well. This is the time of year when all of our competitors train really hard.
“Amy and Callum are really looking forward to the World Championships — it’s the chance of a lifetime.”
The club trains twice weekly in Stonelaw High Sport Centre, Calderwood Road, Rutherglen.
New beginners are taken from five years old and above. New members need tracksuit trousers and a T-shirt to get started.
Anyone wishing further information can contact club coach Jim Ross on 01698 421790 for further information.