Stonetown Karate Centre member named athlete-of-the-month for March
By Pat Payton
Since starting karate when she was just five years old, Jalyne Lorentz has come a long way in a relatively short time.
Being the youngest in her family, who call Uniondale home, she followed her three older siblings, Jaron, Jenessa and Jelena, and mom Michelle and dad Jeremy, into martial arts. She is currently an instructor at the Stonetown Karate Centre and is having “a blast” teaching their Little Ninja class as well as the weapons class.
Just recently, Jalyne, 13, received a special honour from the World Karate Commission (WKC). She was named its athlete-of-the-month for March. She was nominated for the award, and chosen by the WKC.
Jalyne’s parents always encouraged her to participate in local tournaments when she was younger. She took a real interest about three years ago when she stepped up her training for the 2017 WKC World Championships.
“I am fortunate that my family owns Stonetown Karate Centre where I train up to six days a week,” Jalyne says. “In 2017, my dad said I should try the kata (forms) divisions at the WKC Provincials. We worked hard to learn a new kata (body mechanics) and took a chance that year and placed, advancing to the Nationals.
“Ever since, I’ve been learning and expanding the amount of divisions I enter. Sometimes you just need to try something out of your comfort zone, take that chance, and see what happens.”
Jalyne started sparring when she was younger and now enjoys traditional divisions. As of last year, she started creative categories as well. They include weapons.
She has won five gold National titles, four silver and one bronze. At two WKC World competitions (Florida in 2017 and Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 2019), she won one gold, three silver and one bronze.
Goal to make Team Canada again
Her goal in 2020 is to again make the Team Canada roster and compete at the Worlds in Madrid, Spain this summer. At the upcoming National tryouts, Jalyne will compete in six or seven different events: sparring, three kata events (hardstyle, classical and freestyle), and three weapons events (traditional, creative and open).
Jalyne’s role models/idols are Sandra Sanchez, of Spain, and Jackson Rudolph, of the U.S. Sanchez has won gold in the women’s individual kata event at the European Karate Championships for five consecutive years (2015 to 2019), while Rudolph is one of the top competitors in the world using extreme weapons.
Karate, meanwhile, is expected to make its debut appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Outside of training and teaching karate, Jalyne enjoys playing soccer during the summer months. But her main passion is karate and she’s hoping to run her own studio one day like her parents.