To put yourself in the line of fire at a competition takes courage. Our team did just that at the weekend when they entered the KUGB National Shotokan Cup in Chesterfield and every single one of them was courageous.
Some had never competed at this level before, others find competitions very challenging but know how important it is to constantly test themselves, others put themselves under pressure because they know it is a great way to prepare themselves for Dan Gradings and others had stepped up into bigger and more fiercely fought categories.
Photo: Chelmsfrod Squad at the KUGB National Shotokan Cup 2016
There were some great performances on the day, with many narrowly missing out on semi-finals and finals. However, Mia Hillsden was outstanding for Chelmsford and she reached both finals in the events she entered. In her Kumite event, Mia fought England Internationals to win her way through to the semi finals, eventually losing to the talented Katherine Cheshire of Halewood in a closely fought contest to take bronze.
In the Kata, Mia won her way to the semi-finals only to find herself in a play-off for the last place to reach the finals. She had to dig deep to impress the judges, but won through. In her Kata final she was first on, always a difficult position for anyone to be in, but still managed to take silver with a strong Gojushiho Sho.
Photo: Mia Hillsden with her medals from the KUGB Shotokan Cup
At just 13, Mia still has 3 more years in this category so we look forward to seeing her continuing to develop.
In addition to our competitors, Coaches Sensei Jane and Richard were in attendance along with Sensei Richard Kheder, an experienced KUGB Referee and senior member of our club.
We would like to congratulate everyone who entered and all of our supporters who traveled to Chesterfield to cheer on our competitors.