13-year-old Rowan Reeve recently achieved a podium position in the Four Nations karate competition in Glasgow, winning himself a place on the JKS England Squad.

After winning bronze in the Four Nations, Rowan will travel to Hungary this September to represent England in the Budapest Open.

This will be Rowan’s first competition abroad.  He has already competed in the WUKF European Karate Championships in Sheffield last year, earning a respectable fifth place, and attained a gold medal at the English Karate Federation Championships in April this year.

Rowan now regularly attends Shotorenmei training sessions in Leeds, where he practises a Japanese form of the martial art.

Achieving the rank of first Dan Black Belt at nine years old, Rowan hopes to represent Great Britain one day at the Olympics if the sport is accepted into the competition.

“I thought ‘Why not try it out?’ and have loved it ever since,” said Rowan.  “I really encourage others to start karate as it’s fun, helps you learn discipline and teaches you to respect others.”

Currently, Rowan trains three to four times a week and attends additional training camps for his team during holidays.

Matthew Shiels 8 Cumming