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Young Kopite Kicking His Way To Gold

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A 9 year old Kopite, has been kicking his way to gold in the Martial Arts world! Jake Moore from Lytham St Anne’s, is currently one of the youngest members of the TKF (Traditional Karate Federation) Great Britain National Kata and Kumite Squad. Along with regional competitions Jake has had the chance to compete at international tournaments.

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He has been training at First Dojo Martial Arts and Fitness Academy (www.firstdojo.com), under Sensei Jamie Edmonds.  Such has been his rise in Karate that, Jake is currently a Black Belt 1st Dan which makes him one of the very few 9 year olds to reach this grade.

Jake started competing in August 2013, since then he has gained 21 titles which include 2 National Titles and 2 International Titles plus 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.

In April, Jake competed in Las Vegas with the TKF GB Squad.  At his first international Jake won a Silver and Bronze medal in the Junior International Cup and a Bronze in the US Open Karate Championships.

In June 2015 he competed at the JKF GojuKai International in Sardinia Italy where he won Gold in Kata and in Kumite.  His next international will be Hungary in October.

The Asian Kop caught up with Jake’s mum Andrea Moore this week, to talk all things Karate and his special love for LFC.

The Asian Kop: Thank you for taking time to speak to us, we would like to begin by asking how did Jake get into Karate?

Andrea Moore: He got into it, purely by accident. He was 3 ½ years old and he had so much energy, we had to find a channel for his energy. I phoned up lots of sports clubs and everyone laughed at me because he was only 3 ½ years old. I phoned up the local Dojo, that he goes to now. The Sensei said, ‘bring him down for an hour, and I will make my decision as he is so young.’ After his first hour, his Sensei came over to me and said ‘he held his attention, he did everything I asked him to do, I’ll take him on.’ That was the start of it, from 3 ½ he’s never looked back.

TAK : What’s a typical week like for Jake?

AM: He goes to school, he trains Monday, Tuesday  night,  He starts off as a little Senpai on a Tuesday night which means he is a little helper for the little dragons.  So he actually helps coach them with his Sensei.  Wednesday he takes a break, and trains at home. Thursday he’s back at the Dojo and Friday he has personal tuition with his coach and that’s just him and his Sensei – competition training. On Saturday and Sunday, he usually, has a seminar or a competition. If he’s not doing that, he’s training at home. He has the equipment at home at home – he never stops! I’m absolutely astounded, he never stops.

TAK: Is he tired by the end of it or is he still raring to go?

AM: He’s raring to go! (mum laughs) He loves doing it, none of it is forced. He does it for half and hour, he’ll take a break and then he’s up and doing it again. Sometimes we are watching the television in the evening and we can hear this ‘thud…thud…thud…’ from his bedroom and we go in there and he’s training. We have to say to him, ‘Jake, it’s late now, you have to stop, your body needs to rest.’

jake medals

TAK : What does he most enjoy about Karate?

AM: The easy answer to that is, he enjoys all elements of karate. He does two discplines,  Kata and Kumite. He specialises in the Kata, but he loves all of it. He loves being part of the team. He says we are his family but he has his Karate family. He just loves it and loves everything about it. He loves going training all the time, he never complains or moans about it.

The discipline with in the Dojo really helped him at home. It may sound silly, but we’ve had to do his bedroom as a Dojo because that’s what he wanted, he use to bow when he would go into his bedroom. The discipline is so instilled.

TAK: What’s the reaction been like from his friends at school and teachers with his success?

AM: When he came back from Italy when he won two golds, his class teacher came upto me and said ‘Do you know, I’m so proud of this little boy, because you wouldn’t know what he’s actually done.’

He doesn’t go into school and talk about it, unless he’s asked about it. When he got his GB jacket, they wanted him to bring his GB jacket to show it in assembly and show everyone what dedication and training does and where it can go.

TAK: What’s the journey been like for Jake and the family?

AM: For us it has been exciting and exhausting. Our life revolves around what he does. My son loves doing what he does, we are prepared to support him 110% for him to take it as far as he can or as far has he wants to.

TAK : What was it like when he won his very first medal?

AM: I couldn’t believe it. In his very first competition, two golds…well I didn’t expect it. He had just turned 7, didn’t expect it at all. It was exciting, it was thrilling, he couldn’t take the smile of his face. We couldn’t take the smile of our face!

TAK: What’s next for Jake in his Karate journey?

AM: Well, just a few days ago, I’ve just booked his flight to Hungary. He’s got two competitions in September in the UK and in October in goes into his 3rd international. At the end of the year, he has the nationals down in London. He has a competition in December and then competition seasons stops for a few months.

TAK: Away from football, he’s a big Red, who are his favourite players?

AM: Even though he’s not there anymore, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and also Coutinho.

TAK: What was he like when he got a signed shirt from Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher?

Jake SG Shirt

AM: He nearly cried. Not that he would tell you that. He couldn’t believe it! Biggest smile ever! They take pride of place in his bedroom.

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TAK: How proud are you as a parents with what he’s achieved so far?

AM: Couldn’t be prouder – I could burst. We are so proud of him!

Interview Ends

We would like to wish Jake and his family all the very best for the future! A lovely family who are doing their best to help their son achieve his dreams.

One thing is for certain, Jake is one Red that we will hear more about in years to come. Good Luck Jake!

You can follow and support Jake on Instagram and on his website:

jakemoorekarate

www.jakemoorekarate.com

#YNWA Jake

Competition Record        

2015

19th  July          GB Open Kata Championships

9yrs 3rd Kyu and above

Individual Kata                                                        Gold

Team Kata                                                                 Bronze

Grand Champion Junior Kata                               Winners Trophy

21st June          Northern Open Classic Championships

8-9yrs 3rd Kyu and above

Individual Kata                                                           Bronze

14th June          JKF GojuKai International – Sardinia Italy

8-9 yrs

Individual Kata                       International Title     Gold

Individual Kumite                  International Title     Gold

17th May          Northern Region Open Championships

                         National Karate League

7-9yrs 3rd Kyu and above

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

Individual Kumite                                                      Gold

10th May          Junior Kizuna World Cup Championships

9yrs and Under Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Silver

9th April           English Open Karate Championships

8yrs Male Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

4th  April          USA Open Karate Championships (Las Vegas)

8-9yrs Advanced Division

Individual Kata                                                           Bronze

3rd April           Junior International Cup (Las Vegas)

8yrs Advanced Division

Individual Kata                                                           Silver

Individual Kumite                                                      Bronze

2nd Feb.           Yorkshire Open Championships

8-9yrs – 3rd Kyu & above (brown/black belts)

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

 2014 

2nd Nov.           TKF National Championships

8-9 year olds – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                   National Title Gold

Individual Kumite                                                      Silver

25th October    NAS National Finals

Peewee Division – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                   National Title Gold

Individual Kumite                                                      Silver

12th October    GB Open Championships

7-9yrs 3rd Kyu & above (brown/black belts)

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

5th October     BSK & ASAI-GB Open Championships

9yrs & under 3rd Kyu & above

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

 24th August     Shodokan Northern Open

9yrs & under 3rd Kyu & above

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

5th July          AMA All Styles British Nationals

9yrs & under – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

1st June         NAS All Styles Open Championships

Peewee Division – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

Individual Kumite                                                      Gold

11th May        Seitou Ryu Spring Open Championships

8-10yrs 3rd Kyu & above

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

4th May         Kizuna World Cup Championship

6-9yrs – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

12th April       British Karate Association Open Championship

6-9yrs 3rd Kyu & above

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

2013

November       TKF National Championships

6-7yrs – Open Grade

Individual Kata                                                           Bronze

August              TKF Northern Open Championships

5-7yrs 5th-4th Kyu

Individual Kata                                                           Gold

Team Kata – Under 12’s                                             Gold

Individual Kumite                                                      Bronze

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