2017 competition held in Orlando, Fla.
By Pat Payton
(Special to the Independent)
ORLANDO, Fla. – A silver medal at the Worlds!
That’s what 11-year-old Jalyne Lorentz brought home from the 2017 World Karate and Kickboxing championships here recently at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International.
A member of the Stonetown Karate Centre, Jalyne captured silver in points sparring (Under 40 kg. weight division) in the Jr. Black Belt division.
In total, the Uniondale resident competed in three different events as a member of Team Canada.
Jalyne was also asked to be part of a Canadian sparring team. She won her fight, but unfortunately her team did not win enough bouts to advance to the final round.
Jalyne also made it to the final round in both kata (forms) divisions (Classical and Hardstyle) and placed fourth in both at the finals out of 12 competitors. Hardstyle is a more intense form of kata, with faster movements.
Highlights for Jalyne were marching in with all the competitors during the opening ceremonies, and also standing on the podium with her medal.
“It was really cool, and the competition was really hard,” she told the newspaper. Jalyne also hopes to compete in future World competitions.
This year, there were competitors registered from over 30 countries.
“It was an amazing event,” reported Jeremy Lorentz, the Stonetown Karate Centre sensei.
Lorentz said it’s the first time a member of his club competed in as many as three events at the Worlds. Jalyne won her positions on the team by qualifying at the national tryouts in Ottawa last May.
Jalyne, who has been involved in martial arts for seven years, is the daughter of Jeremy and Michelle Lorentz.
Note: The 2018 WKC event will be held in Dublin, Ireland.