Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club (CSKC) were on tour again this weekend, this time at the new Chesterfield Sports Centre for the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) British National Youth Championships. It was a very successful day with two of our Champions retaining their titles for a second successive year.
This major event on our calendar took place last Saturday 2nd July with our Club looking to build on their tremendous performance at the KUGB South of England Championships in June where the squad had been outstanding. Everyone who entered knew the KUGB British Youth Nationals were going to be a tougher challenge. This event, which is for karateka under 21 years old, attracts competitors from all over the British Isles and includes a large number of seasoned international competitors and national squad members.
The club took a small squad of eight, plus Chelmsford's Instructors Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones, Referee Richard Kheder and Judge Wayne Lottering, 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: Chelmsford Squad with Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones after a successful tournament
The Finals started in style for Chelmsford SKC with Anya Dunbar, who won her first British title in the Novice to 4th Kyu Kata in 2014, then stepped up a level in 2015 to win the Girls Brown Belt Kata and did so again in 2016 with an impressive Kata Bassai Dai.
Photo: British National Champion Anya Dunbar
with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan)
This incredible feat was followed by the Girls Black Belt Kata where, Mia Hillsden won Gold with an excellent performance of Kata - Gojushiho Sho. Mia also has won the Novice to 4th Kyu Kata, the Girls Brown Belt Kataâ€‹ and this is the third time she has won the Girls Black Belt Kata - 2013, 2015 and again this year!
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Photo: British National Champion - Mia Hillsden -
with her Trophy for the Girl's Black belt Kata that she has won three times!
In the Children’s Team Kata Final where a newly formed team of Mia Hillsden, Melvyn Tang and Wilson Tang produced a well timed and synchronized performance of Kata Empi to take silver (narrowly missing out on Gold by 0.1!)
Photo: British National Youth Team Kata Runners Up - (L-R) Melvyn Tang, Wilson Tang and Mia Hillsden.
Chelmsford SKC Coach Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones said, “This was a tremendous achievement by our Chelmsford stars. The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organisation in Britain so for two of our students to successfully defend their British Titles for a second successive year was truly outstanding. The technical standard of Karate, their dedication and passion of all of our competitors, not only those who reached the Finals, was excellent. It is an exciting time for Chelmsford Karate Club as we continue to grow and enhance our reputation as one of the best Karate Clubs in the country".