At recent 2019 World championships in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
By Pat Payton
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – It’s a new level of success in the 24-year history of the club.
It’s the first time ever that a member of the Stonetown Karate Centre has won medals for kata (forms) and weapons at a World event. It happened at the 2019 World Karate Commission championships here Nov. 2-8.
Jalyne Lorentz, 13, won gold in classic kata, silver in both hardstyle and free-style kata, and bronze in traditional weapons.
“It was a milestone for us,” SKC Sensei and Jalyne’s dad Jeremy Lorentz told the Independent last week. “Our continued effort to advance our students’ talents and competitiveness has now reached World levels in all aspects of karate divisions. An amazing milestone for the Stonetown Karate Centre and St. Marys history,” he added.
Altogether, SKC members brought home a total of seven medals. Lisa Sheldon, competing in the veteran women’s (plus 35) division, picked up gold in light contact continuous fighting and gold in team light contact continuous fighting. Darren Campbell received a bronze in light contact continuous fighting in the veteran men’s (plus 42) division.
A fourth member of the SKC also attended the Worlds. Aayden Ragoo, 12, competed in point fighting, but didn’t medal.
For Jalyne Lorentz, a Uniondale resident, it was her third time competing at the Worlds for Team Canada. She has been involved in martial arts since she was five years old. For Sheldon and Campbell, it was their first time competing at the Worlds. A Granton area resident, Sheldon has been a member at the SKC for eight years. A Medina resident, Campbell has been a member of the club for three years.
“A great performance; we made a pretty big statement at the Worlds for a small club,” Sensei Lorentz summed up. “It was a big deal for us.”
–Competitors from 17 countries attended the 2019 World karate event.
–In the kata divisions, the top four competitors from the first day of each division advanced to the medal rounds. In the fighting divisions, the top two competitors advanced to the gold-medal round.
–The 2020 World championships will take place in Madrid, Spain.