A year later he was attending his first World Karate Confederation Championships, where he would reach the last 16. Since then he has been a member of the Federation of Shotokan Karate England squad as well as the all-styles England squad.
Despite being told it would take 3 to 6 months to recover from the treatment, James immediately returned to university in order to complete his final year. He was also determined to resume his training for the sport he loved and within a few days of returning home began the road to physical recovery.
Although he returned home empty handed, he exceeded all expectations by reaching the quarterfinals and earned his place amongst the karate elite less than six months after finishing treatment.
Amazingly, his younger sister proved to be a perfect match and would be his donor.
The following months were to be the toughest so far. James underwent further courses of intense chemotherapy followed by Total Body Irradiation, which cause permanent and irreparable damage to the lungs and other respiratory tissues.
But James felt he had unfinished business with the sport and so began the long and arduous journey back to peak fitness with a determination to show others what he was capable of, a second time.
He was soon on the international stage again, achieving two bronze medals at the Karate World Cup in Los Angeles, USA. James continues to compete at an international level and his ambition is constant – to be the best at all he does.