On Saturday 2nd May, members from Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club traveled to the City of Birmingham for the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) 49th National Championship at the Barclaycard Arena.
The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organization in the UK and this prestigious tournament is one of their most significant events in the annual calendar. With athletes competing for the first time through to seasoned ‘world class’ competitors, the standard of karate on display was of the highest quality.
Chelmsford have a long tradition of competing successfully at British National level and this year was no exception. Alexander Lockett (aged 9) fought strongly all day in the Children’s Ippon Kumite (sparring) to take Bronze.
Picture: Alexander Lockett with his Bronze Medal in the Children's Ippon Kumite
In the Children’s Team Kata, the trio of Mia Hillsden, Aya Rainer and Melvyn Tang performed an excellent Kata (set form) – Empi to take third position.
Picture: Children Team Kata Bronze Medalists (L-R) Melvyn Tang, Mia Hillsden and Aya Rainer
In the senior events, brothers Eric and Sharky Austin-Coskry alongside Jack Hillsden came fourth in the Adult Team Kata.
Picture: Adult Team Kata Medalists (L-R) Jack Hillsden, Eric Austin-Coskry and Sharky Austin-Coskry
Whilst in the Female Team Kumite sisters Emma Burke and Lisa Ironman together with Teah Pope battled their way to be placed joint third. This is a newly formed team and it was particularly pleasing to see Teah Pope, at the age of 16, beating more experienced opponents.
Picture: Female Team Kumite Bronze Medalists (L-R) Lisa Ironman, Emma Burke and Teah Pope
At the end of the competition, Chelmsford’s Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones said she was pleased with the strong attitude and performance of everyone who competed. To have our Chelmsford teams medal in three out of the four team events at a British Championship is excellent. This highlights the strength and depth of the talent we have at both junior and adult level.