National gold for Bristol Academy team

PUBLISHED: 10:35 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 28 November 2018

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


A team of three from Bristol Karate became national champions when they won the JKS title in Nottingham.

Bristol Karate Academy’s kata team of Tim Griffiths, Steven Connell and Dan Salter put in an outstanding shift to become JKS national champions.

The trio took the senior team kata title at the JKS England Open, held at Wildcats Arena in Nottingham, beating teams from East Anglia, Abingdon and - the favourites for the event - Walsall, which included the JKS World and European junior kata champion and all-styles European competitor, Johann Santos, as well as British Karate Federation International Open veteran kata champion, Sharif Ebrihami.

It is the second time Bristol Karate Academy’s team have won the gold in the last two attempts, having also won in 2016, with a team of Tim Griffiths, Steven Connell and Ashley Hall.

But after Ashley left to continue his post-graduate education in Liverpool the team changed, welcoming Dan Salter, one of the academy’s instructors.

Since coming together at the start of 2018, this is the team’s third medal from three attempts, having previously taken gold at the KUGB Southern Region Championships and silver at the KUGB National Championships.

Coach and team member, Tim Griffiths, said: “Karate in this country is split hugely by associations, with many people competing within their own groups. It’s been so important to our development over the years to make sure we step out of our comfort zone, to train and compete across a range of groups.”

Bristol Karate Academy recently opened up in Long Ashton, alongside their venues in Backwell, Nailsea and Westbury-on-Trym.

If you would like to give karate a go at any of these hubs then Bristol Karate Academy currently have a small number of new starter spaces. To find out more visit

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