Joe Lacey joined the club in 2013 as a quiet 13 year old. At first he was very quiet and just blended into the line, but he always listened and made steady progress through his gradings.

Joe's plaque above the club noticeboard

(kindly made and donated by Paul Sensei from Selby Shotokan Karate Club)

As he grew in both confidence and stature, he started coming down to the club a little early and warmed himself up in the corner of the hall. We soon noticed that he always seemed to be surrounded by the young lady members of the club, deep in conversation, although he always towered above them (and just about everyone else!).

Joe as part of the Haxby Team at the Selby Competition


He also got involved in helping teach the Kids Class, instructing his fellow students in the main class and enjoyed going on courses to Nottingham and also going over to Cleethorpes to take part in Kangeiko (Cold Weather Training) on the beach with our friends at Kiazen No Michi.

Joe at Kangeiko on Cleethropes beach

To commemorate Joe’s love of both Karate and the Club his grandparents have kindly commissioned The Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup. This will be awarded in January each year to a member of the club who has impressed the judging panel made up of the club Instructors and Committee. There are no set criteria for its award, but each member of the club will be considered by the judging panel and an agreement reached.

Joe died unexpectedly in April 2016, just before his 17th Birthday. His passing is a huge loss for our ‘Karate Family’ and is keenly felt by every member of the club who knew him. We at the club had seen him grow into a courteous, kind and confident young man, and a fine Karate-ka who had huge potential for progression.

Joe at the Haxby Carnival Demonstration

Joe and Brenda training hard!


The Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup Winners

2018: When Oliver was suggested as a potential recipient of the Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup everyone realised just what a good nomination it was. We have seen Oliver grown and develop during his time at the club (you might recognise a very young Oliver in the photo of the Haxby Team at the top of this page!), he has always been quiet quite at the club, but brings a determination and commitment that will allow him to fulfil his great potential at karate. Oliver rarely misses a training session and works hard each time he is at the club. We are proud to have him in the club and to award him the Cup for 2019

Sensie Jim awarding Oliver the Joe Lacey Memorial Cup

Oliver with the Joe Lacey Cup and the club around him

Irena with the Club Instructors

2017: This year’s Christmas's winner chosen because, like Joe, they are a quiet modest, yet determined member of the club. Irena started training after watching her son Stanish training in the kids class. We have seen her confidence grow during her time with the club to the point where she is very happy to help out in any way we ask her to – assisting with instruction, helping out at club events and baking for the Haxby carnival Stall. Like Aiden (last year’s winner) Irena was a very shocked, but unanimous, and well deserved winner of the Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup for 2018.

Irena being awarded the Cup by Joe's Grandparents.


2017: The Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup was awarded for the first time on 5th January 2017 by Joe's Grandparents. A very Shocked Aidan was called up to receive it. Aidan was chosen as he rarely misses a training session, trains hard, concentrates, quickly incorporates his instruction into his karate, and is a joy to instruct. He has huge potential at karate, and his quiet determination will take him far, a well deserving winner.

A very happy Aidan after the presentation!

Aidan receiving the Cup from Joe's Grandparents.

Haxby Shotokan Karate Club is a non profit local community group based in Haxby just outside of York. 



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