Tuesday, April 16, 2024

College student karate kicks his way to world championships

A South Essex College sport student is now ranked one of the best in the world at karate after taking part in the World Championships.

James Eade, 17, who studies Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science at the College’s Southend Campus attended the competition in Slovenia earlier this month.

He came second place in the 16-17 age group plus 70 kilos category.

James from Hadleigh competed as part of the England team, who came first overall in the tournament.

He said: "I started karate when I was five years old at a local club, mum took me to classes to give me something to focus on. I really enjoyed it and stuck with it."

James is a member of Seishan, a Karate club based in Hadleigh. He credits coach Dave Phillips with helping him to gain this achievement.

He added: "I love competing, the best part is winning. I’m very competitive!"

To get to the Worlds, James had to compete in many competitions, build up his points and rank highly to make the England team.

However, this is not the first time James has attended the Karate World Championships and been successful.

He said: "I actually won the worlds in 2013 when I was 15 so I was trying to retain my title. It didn’t quite work out this time but I’ll be back.

"Although I’ll be in the 18-21 age group next and it’ll be harder, as the guys are bigger and stronger with more experience. I’ll have to step up my training!"

Donna James, Sport Science Lecturer at the College, said: "This is such an impressive achievement. James is very humble about the whole thing but we were determined to share the news, we’re really proud of him."


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