NIKW Karate-Ka Star wins at the BKF Home Nations Championships.

Lisburn schoolboy, Craig Ryan, has just returned from the British Four Nations karate tournament in Glasgow with his third British championship title.
Just turned 16 last month, Ryan had to step up a category for the event, and was up against young men almost two years his senior. But this did not deter the teenager who has already made a name for himself in the British and international arena.
The top athletes from across the United Kingdom gathered at the recently opened Emirates Arena in the Scottish city to fight for a prestigious Four Nations title.
Ryan’s first event was his weight category and, despite it being the first time he had competed in the higher category, the school boy international won a place in the semi-final where he took a bronze medal.
The teenager then took part in the showcase open weight event, which gave him the opportunity to pull off his winning techniques. In the semi-final, a well placed head kick secured Ryan’s place in the finals where he was up against top English fighter, Joe Kellaway. After a spectacular bout, two well placed punching techniques gave Ryan the edge and his third British championship title.
In preparation for the event, Ryan has received special training from Ireland’s karate ace, and President of Northern Ireland Karate, Oliver Brunton. “Craig’s win at the British championships has shown what we in Northern Ireland can do,” Oliver said. “Despite our limited resources, we can fight and win some of the best athletes from across the United Kingdom, underlining our position as a force to be reckoned with throughout these islands”.