Karate kid Jack kicks up world rankings after recent success

CARRBROOK’S Jack Wilson continues to get his kicks from karate.

The 16-year-old Mossley Hollins High School student enjoyed recent successes at home and overseas.

Jack Wilson and his coach, sensei Julian Mallalieu

And they helped the teenager achieve a world ranking of 34 in the cadet category.

Jack, who earlier this year made his England debut in the Junior European Championships in Denmark, was overseas again as he competed in Cyprus in the K1 Youth League, a competition that attract the best karate athletes from around the world and also provides a vehicle to attain and improve on official world ranking points.

Jack won through the first round and just missed out placing in the second round.

He finished joint 21st from 56 competitors and, more importantly, he has an official WKF (World Karate Federation) ranking, 34 for the cadet category.

He will be competing internationally again in Italy in December in the K1 Youth League.

Jack, who had previously won national titles, added another with victory in the British Four Nations Championships in Leicester.

Competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales faced each other on the mats. Jack won through five tough rounds of kata and only dropped one flag in the semi-final and now holds another British title.

Jack, who trains at Tameside Karate Club, was extremely unlucky in the recent English National Championships where he secured a bronze medal following four tough rounds of kata.

He was in winning form again at a local competition at Wright Robinson Sports Village and brought home another gold medal.

Jack has now moved up into the next age group category (juniors 16-17 years) and it will be a new challenge competing against older and in many cases much larger competitors.

However, he is extremely dedicated and committed to his training regime and continues to push himself hard to achieve positive results.

Jack’s next big competition is the British International Championships which will be held in Scotland.

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