07 Dec HVMAC Teen Crowned National Grand Champion
Chitokai 1st kyu James Le Breton takes out the International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) Nationals for Kata over the weekend. The ISKA Nationals 2023 were held at Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Gardens on Sunday the 3rd of December.
“I really love tournament karate. It motivates and focuses my training. I enjoy the competition and the camaraderie. It’s makes all the training worth it when you get a place in a competitive division. ” Says James Le Breton.
By winning his first event, boys Kata 12-13 years advanced to expert, he got into the grand final, competing against other age groups in Kata who had also won gold medals – and he won that as well, crowning him as the National Grand Champion in Kata. “Kata refers to our traditional forms, a set of techniques strung together similar to a dance, with displays of power and grace.” Says Sensei Anna Hayes. “It takes superior strength, flexibility, stability, balance, and intensity to perform kata well at such a high level.”
“James always trains with utmost effort, focus, discipline, and is always respectful and humble. We’re currently preparing him for the next black belt grading in six months time.” Says Sensei Anna Hayes.