A HIGH-kicking karate kid from Papplewick is becoming weighed down with medals — after landing four golds and a silver at a national championships.
Joel Barker-Klein, who is just 11, is no stranger to success and is graded as one of the best in the world in his age-group.
Earlier this year, the Dispatch reported on how the martial arts prodigy already held three national titles and landed two medals at the Ozawa World Championships — one of the oldest global karate competitions — in Las Vegas.
Now the youngster is celebrating again after taking the Federation Of Shotokan (FSK) National Karate Championships by storm at Nottingham University.
Firstly, Joel took gold in the individual under 4’6” category for under-15s in kumite fighting, winning all four of his rounds in knockouts. It was the third year in a row he had won this prize.
He then stepped up a notch to take on taller fighters and won gold in the under 5’ kumite section for under-15s. Again he won all four rounds by knockout.
Joel also finished top of the podium in the under 4’6” and under 5’ three-person kumite team events.
His silver came in the three-person team kata (non-contact patterns of movement) section.
Joel’s next competition is on Sunday November 27 when he will fight to defend his kumite title at the Japanese Karate Of Shotokan (JKS) Open National Karate Championships.
OUR PHOTO shows Joel with some of his trophies and his two senseis (karate teachers), Deb Beeves and former world champion Aidan Trimble.