Roy MacDonald of Jersey Kenpo Karate has been training students in Jersey for over 40 years, and has trained 78 students to the highest level of black belt. Based at Fort Regent, the club’s fantastic team of instructors focus their sessions on respect, discipline and self defence – with a big focus around bullies. All of the classes are high energy, fun, and both adults and children can train with a specially adapted, achievable syllabus dependent on age. From the age of five years and upwards, you’ll always come away learning something new. A team of students continued to train during lockdown both virtually and outdoors (2 metres apart with the blessing of the parish) in order to take part in the European Kenpo Karate championships and came away with 18 medals between them. Furthermore, the training has helped them all with their mental health, and being able to continue training has meant they’ve been active during a really hard time.
Good job, karate kids…
Lola Nixon, 15 years old, Cadet Black Belt
“I came third with my brother and I am very proud of my achievement in these very different and challenging times. I am very proud to be part of the club and delighted for all those who participated, as well as the people and trainers involved who helped with our success.”
Adelin Casian Puican, 10 years old, Junior Brown Belt
“I am very happy because I had the opportunity to participate this year in the European Championship, where I won the bronze medal in individual and silver in teams. The second was Dublin 2020 International where I managed to win gold in the individual. I thank Roy McDonald, Dawn and Ray for the training that made these performances possible.”
Diogo Viveiros, 14 years old, Cadet Blue Belt
“I am very proud with my achievements – one gold and one bronze.
I have to agree with my Brother Fabio Viveiros, it would’ve been impossible without the help from our club and the instructors. It was truly amazing how they put in the time and effort”.
Lexi Farrell 11 years old, Junior Black Belt
“I am really happy that I was still able to compete this year. It was hard to get motivated at first, after having a break from training during lockdown, and then not being able to travel to the competitions, but my awesome instructors helped me to find my fire and I won a gold and two silvers at the Europeans and two golds at the Internationals.”
Axel Nixon, 16 years old, Cadet Black Belt
“I came third in my division along with my sister. It was a unique experience and one to tell the future generations! If you put your mind to a goal, anything can be achieved.”
Aarvi Parikh, 7 years old, Junior Green Belt
“This is my first championship and I am very pleased with my achievement, winning a gold medal for my form. Thank you so much to the club and all the instructors for always encouraging me and helping me to achieve more. This wouldn’t have been possible without their time and effort”.
Sophia Townsend, 13 years old, Cadet Brown Belt
“I won two gold medals and a bronze at the Europeans and two silvers and a bronze at the Internationals. Lots of training from our awesome instructors meant I could achieve this. I loved creating my staff routine, which earned me a silver medal, and I enjoyed training with my teammate Ethan for the team form, where we won the category in the European competition, earning gold medals”.
Fabio Viveiros, 14 years old, Cadet Blue Belt
“I am very proud with my achievements – two golds – but this would have been impossible without the help and support from our club and the instructors. It was truly amazing how they put the time and effort in, even in these difficult times.”
Ethan Barrett, 14 years old, Cadet Brown Belt
‘I am very pleased with my achievements, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of our club and the instructors. It was truly amazing how they put in the time and effort, even in these difficult times. I won a gold and silver medal at the Europeans and two silvers at the Internationals”.