With only thirty days to #karateporec2021 we talked with the England national karate jewel, Jordan Thomas. And when we say jewel – we don’t we do not exaggerate. With European gold and bronze around the neck (Tampere 2014 and Montpellier 2016), Jordan is also a former World champion (Linz 2016) and might be Britain’s first Olympic karateka.
But his path wasn’t easy at all. When he was two years old, he was run over by a car and it was told he could never walk again. Actually, his first connections with sports were as a part of rehab. When having a World and European champion for a father, karate was an obvious choice. (Yes, Jordan’s father is famous William Thomas).
That’s how you started, but what made you stay in karate? Have you tried any other sport?
“Karate is a way of life for me, it something that I have never had to think about. I played football and basketball to a reasonably high level which I loved because I’m so competitive. But, I knew Karate is my thing.”
How was it to have a karate legend as a father and by your side?
“Karate is something that we both enjoy and share the love for the sport. It is something that is ours and we enjoy growing together.”
Jordan already has two medals from the European championship but it has been five years since the last. Are you coming to #karateporec2021 with a specific goal in mind?
“My goal is to focus on myself and do whatever I need to do. Of course, I want to win, it’s because of that competitiveness in me.”
Except competing in the EKF European Karate Championships 2021, Jordan has a chance to make history as Britain’s first Olympic karateka:
“Olympic Games is something I have grew up with, who wouldn’t want to be a part of history. But, when talking about this year/season, it has been different for me. I have had to prepare differently which I have really enjoyed. I can not wait to compete at the highest level and execute my training.”
And we can’t wait to have you in Poreč. Especially because this will be his karate debut in Croatia:
“I have been to the beautiful country of Croatia but unfortunately not for Karate. This will be my debut. I’m looking forward to Poreč I have heard really good things.”