Jake Hayne’s recent success in Luxembourg has impressed his teachers, coach, club and family.
Being a relative recent recruit to Halifax Sport Karate Club, he trains three or four times a week, which has escalated him quickly into the A squad.
Impressively for someone who only celebrated his 14th birthday yesterday (January 28), he was selected to represent his club at the Milon Cup in Luxembourg earlier this month, travelling with a small group from Gatwick to compete against fellow internationals from across Europe.
Jake did brilliantly, winning his first round 8–0, stamping his authority on the category.
He fought his way to the final, losing to a seasoned fighter from Belgium to gain the silver medal.
Jake and his team learned a lot from the trip, gaining experience and confidence, which was also a great opportunity to bring them closer together.
Jake is also the current English Kyu Grade Champion and hopes to retain his title this weekend.
This year he will travel to join the England Karate National Team for training with the ambition of representing England at major championships - hopefully the Junior Europeans and the Junior World competitions.
Jake’s coach, Matthew Handley, has represented England competing around the world as part of the British Sport Karate Association.