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Joe Lacey Memorial Cup

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 Haxby Carnival

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 at Kangeiko on the beach in Cleethorpes

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 and Brenda training hard

Joseph Lacey Memorial Cup Recipients

2019:  Ben Lacey received the Joe Lacey Memorial Cup this year through a joint decision of the committee members and club instructors.  Ben began training a little over three years ago in memory of his brother Joe,  at first he slotted in to the club and often caught people out when they were training with him referring to Joe,  but in no time he began to make his own impression on the club.  Making steady progression through the grades aiming for his Shodan Ben began to take more of an interest in the running of the club and was voted into the committee in recognition of this.

Sensei Jim presenting Oliver with the Joe Lacey Cup

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

Oliver with the Joe Lacey Cup and the club around him

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 with the Club Instructors

Irena receiving the Joe Lacey Cup from his Grand Parents

Aidan Recieving the Joe Lacey Cup from his 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.

Aidan with the cup and the club around him