Yamakai team win medals around the globe
A karate club in Rutherglen has picked up medals at home and abroad to end its successful year on a high.
Yamakai members attended events in Wishaw and Edinburgh as well as competitions in Indonesia and Belgium in the past two months.
First up was the Wishaw Grand Prix which saw two boys take gold and an overall title.
In the under 14 years plus 50kg kumite, Louis Galasso won gold as did Keir Fraser in the cadet under 57kg event.
Keir also won the overall title for 2015, having won two golds and two silvers at those events this year.
Two Yamakai members, Amy Luke and Calum MacDonald then travelled to Indonesia for the World under 21 Championships but both lost in the opening bouts against Slovakia and Egypt respectively.
And nine Yamakai members attended the annual Belgium International Open in Leuven. Louis Galasso won bronze in the boys under 14 years heavyweight section but in the Senior Male u67k, Greg MaCaulay lost out in the fight off for bronze against Portugal.
The final open competition of the year was the Scottish Kumite Championships in Edinburgh.
Yamakai ended the year on a high with four national individual champions and the senior male team gold. In the senior male under 70 kilos Kumite, Greg MaCaulay took gold - the fourth time he has been Scottish Champion at that weight category.
Gold also went to Cal Muscat in the senior male under 80k, Amy Luke in the junior female under 60 kilos section and Louis Galasso in the boys over 5’4” section.
After a wait of 18 years, the Yamakai senior male team finally took the gold medal at the Scottish Kumite Championships.
The club have reached the final on six occasions, three times in the last four years, but missed out.
But an outstanding show by Greg MaCaulay, Carl Muscat and Matthew Grant saw them beat Japan Karate Scotland in the final.
Silvers went to Keir Fraser in the Cadet male kumite under 55k, the Yamakai Senior Female Team of Emma Boyle and Amy Luke, and the Yamakai girls’ team of Leah Semple, Simone Tonner and Hayley Anderson.
Bronze medals went to Jack Johnstone in the boys under 5’4” kumite, Calum MacDonald in the cadet male u/55k and Emma Boyle in the senior female plus 60 kilos kumite, the Yamakai boys team under 5’0 of Eion Danskin, Ryan Hannah and George Duerden and the Yamakai girls under 4’4 team of Iona MacDonald and Abbie Roach.
Yamakai runs classes in Stonelaw Sport Centre in Rutherglen twice weekly. The classes are a mixture of Shotokan karate and competition karate.
They take place on a Tuesday from 6- 8pm and Friday from 5- 6.15pm and are open to all ages.
The club take new members from five years upwards. Contact club coach Jim Ross on 01698 421790.
Great year Keir Fraser, Calum MacDonald, Louis Galasso and Jack Johnston of the Yamakai boys team