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Harrogate Shotokan and Boston Spa Shotokan Karate Clubs have had a fantastic start to the 2012 season.

Twenty-eight club members travelled to the Leeds Hombu Dojo to try out for the Japan Karate Shotorenmei England National Elite Kumite Squad.

All performed well in the gruelling selections and all were selected. This is an unprecedented number from one club and something club members can be extremely proud of.

Selected for the Junior England Elite squad were Ronan Cain, Katelyn Entwistle, Kate Lister, Daniel Tremble, Oliver Deane, Tom Mitchell, Sam Mitchell, Jude O’Brien, Emelye O’Brien, David Lister, Nathan Wilson, Dan Martin and Adam Banks.

Selected for the Senior England Elite Squad were Ashley Scott, Zoe Starr, David Wright, Joe Hart, Tom Little, Mell Finlay, Joe Finlay, Holly Dickinson, James Brown, Stephen Brown, Joe Bulmer, Jordon Probst, Callam Payne, Natasha Balyckyi and Sam Goulden.

These karate-ka will now train with the JKS National Squad throughout 2012.

They will face many National and International championships to building up to the European Championships later this year in Italy. The Harrogate club trains at Harrogate High School and the Boston Spa club trains at Boston Spa School.

Anybody interested in karate can contact Zoe Price on 07864 888149. Alternatively email or visit at