In the picture
Top: Veras Academy Squad with Sensei Raphael Veras, front right
Bottom : Andrew McLarney and Jasmine Pomeroy
The Association’s squad members have been prepared well by Chief Instructor and Association Head, Sensei Raphael Veras. This preparation has included early morning training in London every Saturday, which for many students has meant leaving home at 6.00 am to train for two hours in Islington, followed by their usual class. This is in addition to their week-day training in the London and Esssex clubs. For some students this has amounted to ten hours per week.
Sensei Raphael has been pushing the students hard to improve their strength, fitness, technique, decision-making, tactics and most importantly, their mental attitude.
The big day for most of the squad is this Sunday where they will be competing at the EKF English Championships in Sheffield where they will face students from all over the country fighting for the title of ‘English Champion’.
Meanwhile two students, elite competitors Jasmine Pomeroy (English International) and Andrew McLarney (Veras Academy Instructor) will be in France competing in the Karate Premier League Paris Open, where they will face WKF world champions and medalists.
“We can always do more but I believe the students are ready now. They have worked hard, I am very proud of them all, and we are looking forward to seeing how they perform on the day.” Said Sensei Raphael.