Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club (SKC) went on tour again, this time to enter the 2014 Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) British National Youth Championships in Chesterfield on Saturday 5th July.
Our Club were looking to build on their tremendous performance at the KUGB South Of England Championships in June where the Club had just recently excelled to top the medal table.
The KUGB British Youth Nationals was going to be a tougher challenge as this event, which is for karateka under 21 years old, attracts competitors from all over the British Isles and Ireland. In attendance were both International Competitors, including a number of Gold medalists at last years European and World Championships, and those new to competition at this level.
The club took a squad of thirteen, plus coach Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones and a large group of supporters to cheer them on. The eliminations began at 10 am and, as always, there were some brilliant performances in both Kata and Kumite to entertain the enthusiastic crowd.
Photo: Mia Hillsden performing Kata Heian Nidan during the Eliminations
Photo: Leah Rodrigues performing Kata Heian Shodan during the Eliminations
Photo: Jack Hillsden performing Kata Heian Yondan during the Eliminations
Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones performing Kata Heian Godan in the Eliminations she reached the Quarter finals only to be beaten by the Current World Champion.
Photo: Rachel Cohen focused and ready to fight in her first match during the Eliminations
Photo: Romilly Pope on the side of the match area awaiting her match whilst watching others compete
The Finals started in style for Chelmsford SKC with Anya Dunbar winning her first ever British title in the Novice to 4th Kyu Kata with a strong performance of Heian Nidan.
Photo: Anya Dunbar (left) squares upto her opponent in an Ippon Kumite match. Anya got through to the Quarter finals in this event and went even further in the Kata event to win Gold
In the Children’s Ippon Kumite Alex Lockett fought strongly throughout the day to win silver.
â€‹Photo: Alex Lockett (right) counter attacking with a gyaku-zuki to his opponent as he fought his way through the elimination rounds to the Final to gain Silver.
Romilly Pope then also took silver in the Girls Brown Belt Kata with an excellent performance of Bassai Dai. This was followed by the Girls Black Belt Kata where, Romilly’s older sister and England Team member, Teah Pope took third place and Aya Rainer came fourth. In the Boys Black Belt Kata Matthew Dowling, who travels from Kent to train at the Chelmsford Dojo each week, won Bronze.
Photo: Teah Pope (right) performing an excellent Heian Yondan to win through to the Final where she gained a Bronze medal
Photo: Aya Rainer performing Kata Heian Yondan to win her Draw Sheet and go onto the Girls Black Belt Kata Final where she took fourth place
Photo: Matthew Dowling performing Kata Heian Sandan in the Eliminations. Matthew went on to win his Draw Sheet to reach the finals and gain a Bronze medal.
Next, was the Children’s Team Kata Final where the team of Mia Hillsden, Teah Pope and Aya Rainer were outstanding to win Gold with a well timed and synchronized performance of Kata Empi. This was the second year in succession that the team have been crowned British Youth Champions and, in the final, beat their nearest rivals by 3 points.
Photo: British Youth Team Kata Champions Again - (L-R) Teah Pope, Mia Hillsden and Aya Rainer
Mia Hillsden then retained her Girls Kumite aged 10-11 British title for a second year. Mia fought well during the day and in the final was on top form to beat her opponent. Romilly Pope also added to her medals on the day taking Joint third in this category.
Photo: Girls Kumite 10-11 year old British Champion Mia Hillsden (right) with team mate Romilly Pope who won Bronze in the same category
England Squad Member, Eric Austin-Coskry was on fine form throughout the day. He reached the Finals in both Kumite and Kata, taking Bronze in the Junior Kumite 16-17 and fourth place in the Male Kata. For Eric to reach the Kata Final was a tremendous achievement as these positions are traditionally taken by World and European medal holders. This year was no different, with First place taken by Jack Somers – who is the current Male European Senior Champion. Jack, who is part of the Ipswich Higashi Club, has over the past eleven years regularly traveled to Chelmsford SKC to train.
Photo: Male Kata Finalists- (L-R) Eric Austin- Coskry with friend and current Senior male European Kata Champion Jack Somers from Ipswich Higashi SKC. Eric was placed in both Kata and Kumite events
Chelmsford SKC Coach – Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan and former KUGB British National Team Champion said, “This was a tremendous achievement by the Chelmsford squad. The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organization in Britain so to win three British Titles at this level and top the medal table on the day was truly outstanding. The technical standard of Karate and spirit of all of our competitors, not only those who reached the Finals, was excellent. Each and everyone showed the dedication and passion to succeed and continues the tradition of our Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club that began back in 1967”.
Photo: Chelmsford's latest British Champion- Anya Dunbar has her picture taken with two legends of Karate (L-R) Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) and Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan and Chief Instructor of the KUGB)
Chelmsford SKC results at the Championships were as follows:
Girls kata novice to 4th kyu
1st - Anya Dunbar - Chelmsford
Photo: Girls Novice to 4th Kyu Kata Finalists: Winner (far right) Anya Dunbar
Childrens Ippon Kumite
2nd - Alexander Lockett - Chelmsford
Photo: Ippon Kumite Finalists: Silver medalist Alex Lockett (second from left)
Girls brown belt kata
2nd - Romilly Pope - Chelmsford
â€‹Photo: Girls Brown Belt Kata Finalists: Romilly Pope silver medalist (second from right)
Girls Individual Kata Black Belt:
3rd. Teah Pope - Chelmsford
4th. Aya Rainer – Chelmsford
Photo: Girls Black belt Kata Finalists: Teah Pope (Second from right) and Aya Rainer (far right)
Boys Individual kata Black belt
3rd. Matthew Dowling - Chelmsford
Photo: Boys Black and Belt Kata Finalists: Matthew Dowling - Bronze medalist (second from right)
Children's Team Kata
1st- Chelmsford ‘A’
Photo: Team Kata Finalists: British Team Kata Youth Champions 2013 and 2014 Chelmsford (starting from the left) - Teah Pope, Mia Hillsden and Aya Rainer
Girls Kumite 10-11
1st- Mia Hillsden - Chelmsford
Joint 3rd. Romilly Pope - Chelmsford
Photo: Girls Kumite 10-11 years old Finalists: Champion for 2013 and 2014 Mia Hillsden (far left ) and Romilly Pope - Joint third (far right)
4th. Eric Austin-Coskry - Chelmsfordâ€‹Photo: Male Kumite 16-17 years old Finalists: Eric Austin-Coskry (far right) - Joint third
Male Junior Kumite 16-17:
Joint 3rd- Eric Austin-Coskry - Chelmsford
Photo: Male Kata Finalists: Eric Austin- Coskry (far right)
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