Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Saturday 25th February the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) held their first Grand Slam of the year at the Queens Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield.

There were strong teams from KUGB England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ready to battle against their close international rivals. Prior to the competition the three KUGB Squads took part in their own training sessions, with their own Squad Coaches, to ready themselves for the fierce competition ahead.

Chelmsford's England Squad members:  Emma Burke, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Jessica Steadman all attended the Grand Slam and took part first in a Squad session with both Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan).   The KUGB England Squad were put through an intense training session of both Kata and Kumite.

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Photo: Chelmsford's England Stars Emma Burke, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Jessica Steadman and Megan Naylor-Jones  

Then there was a short break while the hall was prepared for the days competition.  


Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones who attended the Grand Slam in her capacity as KUGB Promotions and Publicity Officer reported, "All five England members gave strong performances in difficult categories that included World and European Champions.  This is the first of a series of challenges throughout the year for all squad members as they bid to get selected for the World and European Championships both later this year.  All five know the high standard expected and will be working hard in a bid to get selected at these prestigious events"