Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Sunday 28th February 2016 the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) held their first Grand Slam of the year in the newly opened Queens Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield.

There were strong teams from KUGB England, 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.


2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand SlamPhoto:  Five for Fighting Back row (L-R) Eric Austin-Coskry and Jamie Lottering 

Front row (L-R)  Teah Pope, Mia Hillsden and Megan Naylor-Jones


Chelmsford's England Squad members:  Eric Austin-Coskry, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering Megan Naylor-Jones and Teah Pope 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).  (Unfortunately, Chelmsford's Senior Ladies Kumite Squad member,  Emma Burke was unable to take part as she recovers from an injury). The KUGB England Squad were put through an intense training session of both Kata and Kumite.



2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Megan Naylor-Jones and Mia Hillsden working on Kata in the Training session



    â€‹            â€‹2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo: Eric Austin-Coskry performing Kata Heian Godan


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

 

Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones attended the Grand Slam in his capacity as KUGB Promotions and Publicity Officer.  He reported, "All five England juniors gave strong performances in difficult categories that included World and European Champions.  In the Kata events Mia Hillsden performed strongly but was unfortunate to come against a more experienced Senior competitor in the shape of Holly Sterling who went onto win the event.  (Holly, a former Chelmsford student herself, was first selected for the England Squad whilst training at the Chelmsford Dojo before leaving to move North).

                    â€‹2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Mia Hillsden performing Kata Bassai Dai during the eliminations


2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Eric Austin-Coskry performing Kata Empi


                â€‹2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones performing Kata Kanku Dai during the eliminations


 
Jamie Lottering reached the semi finals to be beaten by European Senior Team Kata 2015 winner  Stuart Amos.

2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Jamie Lottering working on Kata Nijushiho


Teah Pope produced the best result of the five on the day by helping the KUGB England Female Cadet Team to beat KUGB Wales in the final.   She was selected by her Coach Sensei Frank Brennan to be fighter number one for England.  Teah, herself a European Team silver medalist in 2015, did not disappoint when she out fought her Welsh opponent to gain a win.  All five gave strong performances on the day and demonstrated the correct martial spirit and attitude to compete at this level.  Well done."

2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Teah Pope (right) blocks her opponents punch and at the same time counter punches



2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Teah Pope with England Coach Andy Sherry (9th Dan) seconds before she was called on to fight her Welsh opponent



2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo: Teah Pope scores first with a controlled punch to her opponents face 


 

Special mention also goes to Wayne Lottering, a KUGB Judge from Chelmsford, who took part in the Grand Slam as one of the competition officials working as part of the Refereeing team.

2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo:  Judge Wayne Lottering (front) lining up with the Referee team ready for the match


2 March 2016: Chelmsford's England Squad members in action at Grand Slam

Photo: KUGB England and Chelmsford's Teah Pope hugs her fellow team mate who had just won her match to ensure an England Team win in the final