On 13th September, members of Chelmsford SKC entered the Karate Union of Great Britain’s 39th Shotokan Cup in Chesterfield. This annual competition has individual entries (no teams) and is open to Black and Brown Belts only. As usual there were a large number of entrants from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire. This includes both International Competitors and those entering for their very first time at this level.
Photo: The prestiguous Shotokan Cups for Kumite and Kata - Winners include former Chelmsford SKC members Stuart Gordon and Holly Sterling who have both won on a number of occasions
The Chelmsford Squad members competing were: Emma Burke, Sian Butler, Rose Caddy, Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Hillsden, Mia Hillsden, Alexander Lockett, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, Ben Pickwick, Pamela Pickwick, Romilly Pope, Ella Roberts and Jessica Steadman.
Photo: A funny story? - Alex Lockett (L) and Ben Pickwick (R) take time to relax imbetween competing
Photo: Line Up - (L-R) Ella Roberts, Mia Hillsden and Romilly Pope line up for the Girls Kumite (aged 10-11 years)
In addition, to those competing, we had Sensei Jane and Richard Coaching, Richard Kheder participated as a Referee plus a large group of supporters in the stands to cheer our athletes on.
Photo: Judgement Day - Referee Richard Kheder acting as a Corner Judge during the Elimination rounds
Throughout the eliminations there were some outstanding performances by our competitors against some fierce opposition. Many got through to the Quarter finals and Semi finals in their Category only to narrowly miss out to more experienced Competitors.
Photo: Empi - Eric Austin-Coskry performing his chosen Kata in the Elimination rounds.
Photo: Kata Chinte - Pamela Pickwick performing her chosen Kata during the eliminations
Photo: Bassai Dai - Rose Caddy performing her chosen Kata during the Eliminations
Photo: Gojushiho Sho - Jack Hillsden performing his Kata during the Semi-finals.
Photo: Bassai Dai - Alexander Lockett performing his Kata during the Eliminations
For Chelmsford there were two people who particularly stood out. Eric Austin- Coskry gained a bronze in the Male Junior Kumite (Aged 16-17).
Photo: Bronze Medal - Eric Austin-Coskry with his Bronze medal in the Junior Male Kumite (16-17)
Whilst Mia Hillsden came third in the Girls Kata performing Kata – Gankaku and then went onto win the Girls Individual Kumite (Aged 10-11) with a fantastic Jodan Mawashi geri that was immediately awarded a Full Ippon. Well done!
Photo: Gankaku - Mia Hillsden performing in the Final of the Girls Kata as the crowd watches on
Photo: Champion - Mia Hillsden adds to already impressive list of Titles winning the Girls Kumite (aged 10-11)
Sensei Jane was very pleased with everyone’s performance and would like to say a special well done to all those who attended from Chelmsford SKC, both competitors and our supporters.
To find out when and where the next Championships will be please see our ‘Events Page.