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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones and Mia Hillsden working on Kata in the Training session
Photo: Eric Austin-Coskry performing Kata Heian Godan
Then there was a short break while the hall was prepared for the days competition.
Photo: Mia Hillsden performing Kata Bassai Dai during the eliminations
Photo: Eric Austin-Coskry performing Kata Empi
Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones performing Kata Kanku Dai during the eliminations
Photo: Jamie Lottering working on Kata Nijushiho
Photo: Teah Pope (right) blocks her opponents punch and at the same time counter punches
Photo: Teah Pope with England Coach Andy Sherry (9th Dan) seconds before she was called on to fight her Welsh opponent
Photo: Teah Pope scores first with a controlled punch to her opponents face
Photo: Judge Wayne Lottering (front) lining up with the Referee team ready for the match
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