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By Admin
13 September 2022 8:10 am

It was bronze at the Commonwealth Club Championships for Tim Griffiths on Sunday, as competitors from across the commonwealth descended on Birmingham, UK, for the first of this particular event since the COVID pandemic.

The event, hosted by the English Karate Federation on behalf of the Commonwealth Karate Federation, was a truly international event, with competitors from 18 different countries including South Africa, St Lucia, Australia and more.

Tim’s medal came in the Male Veteran Kata event, which saw many of the usual names from across the UK, as well as lots of visitors from overseas too. His final week of preparation brought a hamstring injury that made it touch-and-go as to whether he’d compete.

The final decision was made on the morning to withdraw from the Senior Kata event and to focus on one category. It proved to be the right one, with Tim securing bronze with a close 3-2 flag victory over his fellow competitor from South Africa.

We’d like to congratulate our three JKS England squad members, Josh Mashford, Liam Mashford and Tim Griffiths, for competing at what was a truly challenging tournament. The standard was exceptional and provided a great opportunity to appreciate what competing at international level is like in what has actually been one of the closest of all of the tournaments visited by Academy members so far in 2022.

There are more tournament opportunities to come for those Academy members that are interested, with entry details of the JKS England National Championships due later this week. Please get in touch with one of our instructors if you’d like to find out more about competing.