Brunton secures medal at World Wado-Kai 2015

Belfast’s fighting supremo, James Brunton, made his mark at the Wado-Kai World Cup held in the Japanese city of Nagoya at the weekend, with a runner-up championship title in the male senior event.

Wado World Cup 2015

James blazed his way to the finals taking on some of the world’s top athletes in the discipline of karate, one of the four recognised styles of the art, at the global gathering which takes place every five years.


First out he came up against England’s Martin Bladely, a win over whom took him into the second round where he met Japan’s Naotaka Ishihama. Securing his second victory, James went on fight Harinda Fonseka from Sri Lanka.


Final -84kg Wado World cup

Final -84kg Wado World cup


A win over Fonseka secured him a place in the final.


Although James demonstrated the winning moves which has made him one of the top fighters in the British Isles, he had to concede to Japan’s top fighter Kai Kudo, settling for a silver medal.





James, Silver Medal -84Kg Male Kumite

James, Silver Medal -84Kg Male Kumite

For over a month James has enjoyed the rare opportunity of training at the dojos (gymnasiums) of top Japanese masters throughout the Far Eastern country, a recognition of the high esteem he and his father Oliver are held in there. The icing on the cake for the Belfast man was scooping silver at these prestigious championships staged in the country where the fighting art of karate germinated and developed.

Speaking from Nagoya, James said: “The hospitality I have received during my time here has been outstanding. Also the knowledge and expertise passed on from the Japanese masters has been phenomenal and something which I treasure as an exceptional gift.”



James first entered the karate fighting arena as a young child 20 years ago, and has enjoyed international successes, including taking the championship title at the American Open championships in Las Vegas. To be recognised as one of the world’s top fighters in his chosen style gives him a further level of recognition amongst the top wado practitioners.

He was not alone representing Northern Ireland at the World Cup as several days before the competition began, he was joined in Japan by a delegation of fighters from here, headed up by James’s father Oliver. Oliver is well known in Japan where he trains regularly, and where several years ago he took the rigourous examination after which he was bestowed the grade of 7th dan (black belt).

The Northern Ireland team fought in the senior men’s fighting competition, and Oliver himself took part in the masters technical event. Now in his mid-70’s Oliver was up against men over 20 years his junior, and proved even in his senior years he was still up for a challenge.

Ecstatic over James’s medal win, Oliver said: “I am so proud of the way he has applied himself to his training, and the way he conducted himself at this competition, proving he really is a champion.”

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