Last night at the Dojo we had three people to congratulate. Jack Somers - Individual Senior Male Kata European Champion plus World and European Junior Team Kata Champion, Mia Hillsden Young Sports Star of the Year in the Essex Sports Awards 2013 and Connor Payne our latest Black belt following this weekends KUGB Grading in Bath.
Photo: (L-R) Mia Hillsden, Jack Somers and Connor Payne - 3 December 2013, Chelmsford Dojo
Jack Somers visited the Dojo back from the European Shotokan Association Championships (ESKA) in Portugal where he won 2 Golds and 1 Silver. Jack, along with KUGB England Team mates Hisham Saif and Stuart Amos repeated their recent success at this year's World Championships and won the Junior Male Team Kata at the Europeans. The same team entered the Senior Male Team Kata and narrowly missed out on first place to win silver. In the Senior Individual Male Kata, Jack was outstanding throughout the day to reach the Final where he performed an excellent Gojoshiho Sho to become European Champion. Jack who has been training at Chelmsford SKC since he was 9 years old, now trains at Ipswich Higashi but still finds time to travel from his hometown, Ipswich, to get some extra training in and join up with his friends here at Chelmsford.
Photo: Jack Somers, - 24 November 2013, ESKA Championships 2013 Portugal
Mia Hillsden was last week confirmed as one of the Top 3 candidates for the 'Young Sports Star of the Year' in the Essex Sports Awards 2013. In January she will attend the formal Award Evening where she will learn her final position. We all hope it will be as 'number one'.
Photo: Mia Hillsden - 3 December 2013, Chelmsford Dojo
Connor Payne travelled to Bath at the weekend to attend the KUGB Black and Brown Belt Training. He then took and passed his 1st Dan Black Belt Grading under Examiners Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan).
Photo: Connor Payne wearing Sensei Jane's Blackbelt (on loan only)- 3 December 2013, Chelmsford Dojo.
After some photos and congratulations from the members it was back to training. Tuesday is our session for high grades so it was Kumite practice, kicking techniques and drills for about 1.5 hours followed by High grade Kata's.
Photo: Mia, Jack and Connor with other Chelmsford SKC members
Well done from everyone at Chelmsford SKC!