HIGH KARATE

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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.

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