On Saturday 16 November 2013 Eric Austin-Coskry, Sharky Austin-Coskry and Rachel Cohen represented Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club at the 30th KUGB National Students Championship. The three of them were well supported by family and friends and Coach Richard Naylor-Jones who all made the journey to Chesterfield.
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Photo: (L-R) Rachel, Eric and Sharky taking a time out as they prepare to compete
All three performed well in their Individual events and narrowly missed out in getting to the final of both Kata and Kumite events. However, it was in the Team Kata that they really stood out. It was the final elimination event and this 'new team' performing for the first time together at a competition produced an outstanding display of Kata - Heian Nidan to qualify for the final in first place.
Photo: Chelmsford's Team Kata ready to perform their Kata Heian Nidan. (L-R) Rachel, Eric and Sharky
In the Mixed Team Kata Final Eric, Sharky and Rachel performed a sharp, powerful and well timed Kata - Bassai Dai to comfortably win the title by 3 points from their nearest rivals.
Photo: National Students Team Kata Champions 2013 - Eric, Rachel and Sharky
As we conclude 2013, we have won many titles at competition throughout the year in both Kata and Kumite but it is interesting to note in each of the National Championships plus the Southern Regions we have won the Team Kata Event and hold the following Team Kata titles in 2013:
KUGB National Championship - Adult Team Kata Champions
KUGB National Youth Championship - Team Kata Champions
KUGB National Students Championship - Team Kata Champions
KUGB Southern Region Championship - Adult Team Kata Champions
KUGB Southern Region Championships - Children Team Kata Champions