Chelmsford SKC News Article

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. 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Mia Hillsden performing Kata Heian Nidan during the Eliminations


     10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

Photo:  Leah Rodrigues performing Kata Heian Shodan during the Eliminations


 10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Jack Hillsden performing Kata Heian Yondan during the Eliminations


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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.


        10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

Photo:  Rachel Cohen focused and ready to fight in her first match during the Eliminations


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

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.


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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.  


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  ​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.


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Teah Pope (right) performing an excellent Heian Yondan to win through to the Final where she gained a Bronze medal


                                10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

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


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

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.


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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.


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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.


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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”.


                        10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships

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 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Girls Novice to 4th Kyu Kata Finalists:  Winner (far right) Anya Dunbar


Childrens Ippon Kumite
2nd - Alexander Lockett - Chelmsford
 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Ippon Kumite Finalists:  Silver medalist Alex Lockett (second from left)


Girls brown belt kata

2nd - Romilly Pope - Chelmsford


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  ​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


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo: Boys Black and Belt Kata Finalists:  Matthew Dowling - Bronze medalist (second  from right)


Children's Team Kata

1st-  Chelmsford ‘A’


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  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 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Girls Kumite 10-11 years old Finalists:  Champion for 2013 and 2014 Mia Hillsden (far left ) and Romilly Pope - Joint third (far right)


Male Kata:
4th. Eric Austin-Coskry - Chelmsford10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  ​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 


10 July 2014: Best of British – Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club top the medals table at the KUGB British National Youth Championships  Photo:  Male Kata Finalists:  Eric Austin- Coskry (far right)


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