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24th World Senior Championships. Madrid, Spain. 6-11 November 2018

24th World Senior Championships. Madrid, Spain. 6-11 November 2018 - Squad & Staff

Carla BurkittCarla Burkitt

Category: -55kg/Female Team Kumite
Association: Kaizen Central
Current world ranking Senior Female -55kg: 14

I am 28 years old, and live in St Albans, Hertfordshire. I have represented the England Karate Team from U21 to Senior level. My first international honours was competing at the U21 European Championships held in Paris, 2009. I walked away from my first international with a 18-21years European bronze medal.

With karate being welcomed as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020, it will be one of the biggest and most important World Championships to date so I am excited to get started and wear the England badge with pride.

Luke EastonLuke Easton

My name is Luke Easton and I am 19 year old. I started karate at the age of 6 years old. At my first competition I took bronze at the age of 7 years old. From that first competition I have gained over 100 domestic titles. My first English national championship medal was at 9 years old when I took bronze. Since then I have gone on to take 5 national championship wins and 12 national championship medals. My international career has consisted of 11 international medals. The upcoming world championships shall mark my 9th time representing England at European/world championships. I have been selected for the individual kata category to represent in the category’s 14-15 years, 16-17 years and 18-21 years. I have also been selected for the team kata category 14 - 17 years.

I run my own club and are affiliated to national karate association. At the upcoming world championships I shall be competing alongside Jordan Taylor and James Scanlan in the team kata category. This isn’t the first time we have competed as a team. We recently took 5th at the German k1. This has been a good platform for us as it is the first time we have performed our bunkai at this level of competition. The upcoming world championships is set to be the biggest ever and I am proud to be a part of it.

Musa EdwardsMusa Edwards

Competing in the male kumite senior team. I am with with the EKF and club association is Kaisho karate. I've been doing karate for 13 years going on to 14. Karate is my passion and I love every single thing about from the fights to the people and places you get to meet I'm fortunate to be able to represent my country.

I started taking competitive karate seriously in 2016 where I discovered I was able to fight in higher level competitions and get through and even medal last year I grabbed myself a total of 24 medals, 13 of them being gold 6 of them being silver and 5 of them being bronze. I also competed in the 10k clash losing in the semi finals to my fellow team mate Jordan Thomas.

I became national champion this year and also competed at my first Europeans which took place in Serbia. My aim for next year is to gain ranking points soi can get into the top 50.

Amelia HarveyAmelia Harvey

Association: Xcalibur Karate Federation

Category: Female +68kg/Female Team Kumite

I’m 23 years old and from Wolverhampton. I have been doing karate for 19 years and my instructor is Stennett Harvey who is also my father. I first represented England in 2012 at the junior Europeans in Azerbaijan. This will be my third time competing at a senior world championship and I am really looking forward to it.

I am currently ranked 19th in the world and 8th in the world for the 2018 season. I am excited to get on the tatami at this world championships as it is an extremely important championships, in terms of Olympic qualification. I aim to do myself and my country proud.

Chris KarwacinskiChris Karwacinski

Christopher Karwacinski is the current ranked British No. 1 in Male Kata and this year has reached as high as 37th in the WKF rankings making him the only top 50 ranked Kata Athlete in Britain.

He has had a successful couple of years, especially last year, where he jumped over 150 places in the world rankings to be in the top 50. He was selected to represent at Senior Individual level for his country for the first time at the Senior Europeans 2017 losing out to the eventual Bronze Medallist from Italy in the second round. He also achieved double English and Double British Gold in Male individual and Team Kata in 2017.

This year Chris has been concentrating his efforts on competing in the Karate1 Premier League events around the world as a result of making it into the Top 50 rankings. He is currently the only Male in the country to be able to compete at these events and was until recently the only Kata athlete to be competing at the Premier League tournaments.

Chris also had a successful Senior Europeans this year, making it to the 3rd round and again losing to the eventual Bronze Medallist from Azerbaijan 4-1.

Chris will be competing on Tuesday the 6th of November in Male Individual Kata at the World Championships in Madrid. This will be his first Senior World Championships competing in Individual Kata. He is very much looking forward to experiencing and competing at the biggest karate competition in the world.

Kate KarwacinskiKate Karwacinski

Kate was selected to represent England at 14 years old and has now been a member of the Junior and Senior England Karate Team for the last 10 years representing her country in Individual kumite, team kumite and team kata at European and World Level.  She has achieved 3 European Bronze Medals at Junior and U21 level and has achieved a Bronze Medal in a prestigious Senior Karate1 Premier League Tournament held in Austria. Kate is also current English Champion for her weight category and has many British and English championship titles in both Kumite and Team Kata to her name.

At the beginning of 2018 Kate was ranked 18th in the world and is now among only a few athletes in England and Great Britain, across male and female categories, to be ranked in the top 50 in her category. Kate has been competing this year in a number of the Premier League tournaments around the world, all leading towards the World Championships held in November 2018.

Kate completes in the Individual Kumite -68kg category on Tuesday 6th November and in Team Kumite on Thursday 8th November in Madrid. She is excited to once again have the honour to compete for her country, in what is going to be the biggest WKF karate competition to date!

Chloé LydonChloé Lydon

Chadwell Heath Karate Academy

I am currently 18 years old that competes in the category -50kg. I am a 1st Dan KarateKa that achieved my Black belt in 2017 after years of hard work and determination. I train the style wado ryu several times a week at my local club ‘Chadwell Heath Karate Academy’. Multiple times a week I help teach karate lessons at my club, where I am able to pass on my knowledge of the sport to help fuel the new karateka’s. This allows me to help guide all pupils to reach their full potential within the sport, and to potential progress on into sport karate.

I am currently a member of the England National Karate team, having been selected and represented my country in multiple of international competitions. I have competed in both the European and World Championships at both junior and senior levels, and currently training towards the Senior World Championships. I have received many titles, including both England and British champion, and currently 7th in European at senior level. I train multiple times a week, preparing myself for frequent competitions all year round.

I started training tradition Wado Ryu Karate 8 years ago, and only 3 years later started to train sport karate. Here I grew a passion for Kumite and started to compete at local competitions to widen my ability and experience. I continued to develop and compete in kumite, progressing on to national championships, and further onto international events.

Natalie PayneNatalie Payne

My name is Natalie Payne, I am 22 years old and have been within the sport of Karate since the age of 8. I have been a member of the England karate team now for 8 years, competing in both senior and junior events, for team and individual kata. I first started at a small club and moved to sale dojo at the age of 12 where I have been since, where I am now part of the Yanagi Kai association under Ian Swain.

I am currently English, British and British international champion 2018, I am also junior european team silver medalist 2013.

This year I succeeded in getting within the top 100 in the WKF ranking, and hope to reach to reach the top 50 by the start of next year. I have had 12 caps for England, and go on to compete at the World championships this month.

Ethan SimpsonEthan Simpson

Para Karate Wheelchair Kata

My journey in karate started in 2004 at the age of 7 with Sensei Matthew Handley. I had been told by my physiotherapist that the stretching part of the sport would be highly beneficial to me. I practice the style of Bushido Ryu and I am part of the Bushido Ryu Association.

In 2016 I wanted to try EKF recognised competition katas in my wheelchair. This was the first year I would compete, and I went on to scoop the British Para Karate Kata title at the British 4Nations in Sheffield. This was the first time I had won anything in my life.

I have continued since then to retain my English and British titles in the wheelchair para karate kata category. In May 2018 after 14 years of training, I achieved my first dan black belt. In May I was also honoured to be asked by the English Karate Federation to compete in the Senior European Championships in Serbia. Although it wasn’t my time to medal, I was the first senior wheelchair athlete to compete for England at this level.

In November I compete at the World Championships in Madrid. I have worked harder than ever before, and I am hoping to bring a medal home for England. I hope to inspire other people with disabilities to do karate and never hold back doing a sport they are proud of. My ultimate goal is to compete for Great Britain in the Paralympics.

James ScanlonJames Scanlon

Category: Male Team Kata

Association : National Karate Association

I started karate when I was six years old, meaning I've been doing karate for over 17 years now, and I am a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. I earned my first England cap back in 2013 for the Junior European Championships in Team Kata. Since then, Team Kata has been my passion. I have been in the Male Kata Team at the last two Senior European Championships and also recently at the Berlin K1 where myself, Jordan Taylor and Luke Easton placed 5th.

This is my first Senior World Championships and also my first time at the front of the team at a major championships. We are a new team on the circuit but have been training relentlessly for the last few months. I look forward to competing at this Championships alongside some very talented athletes and I look forward to a successful future in this team.

Holly StonerHolly Stoner

Aged 20

At the Senior World Championships I will be competing in Female Team Kata with Natalie Payne and Sadie Stoner.

This is my second senior trip for Team Kata and my 4th England cap. I have competed in Individual Kata in the Junior Europeans and Junior World Championships previously.

I have been doing karate for around 8 years, I am current English and British 4 Nations Champion in Under 21 Female Individual Kata.

I am part of National Karate Association, I have been training there for just over 2 years.

Jordan TaylorJordan Taylor

Category: Male Team Kata
Association: Wado UK

I started karate when I was nine years old at a local primary school in Hull and I have been doing karate ever since. I was first selected on to the Junior England Kata Squad in 2016 for the Junior European Championships in Bulgaria. I have competed in many K1 and SeriesA events in the past couple of years having the opportunity to compete amongst some of the best athletes from all around the world. My current focus is Team Kata where I have competed at the last two Senior European Championships in Turkey and Serbia. As a team we are looking at competing as much as possible around the world at K1 and SeriesA events.

Over the past couple of months, we have been training towards the upcoming Senior World Championships in Madrid, we are a new addition to the world competition circuit and competing at this level as a team, therefore the tournament will be a great test of our ability and preparation ahead of future international competitions.

Natalie Williams, 4th DanNatalie Williams, 4th Dan

-61KG Womens Team
Association: B.I.K.O

Natalie Williams is England's most senior and experienced competitor and will be returning to Madrid after debuting there in at her first Senior World Championships in 2002. Natalie will be representing England in both the Female -61Kg category and the Women’s Team event. Her successes include multiply World and European medals in both Individual and team events and not forgetting the countless English and British Titles. Outside of karate Natalie is the Head of Research at the UK Music Industry trade body UK Music.

Her original style is Renshin-kai in which she has been a practitioner for 30 years, while still training at her Fathers Dojo In Beckenham, Kent. Alongside training in Beckenham Natalie has also be training at the international fighters hub at Veras Academy working towards Olympic and European Games qualification.

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