Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Saturday the 1st March, following a number of years absence, the Shotokan Tigers Competition was relaunched and was an immediate success.   Over 80 competitors, aged from 5 to 15 years old, from nine different Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Clubs plus their Supporters and, of course, the Officials thoroughly enjoyed this ‘Friendly Tournament’ held at the William De Ferrers Leisure Centre in South Woodham Ferrers.


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Photo:  A young Shotokan Tiger ready to compete - Matthew Tootill.  Photo Courtesy of CSKC.


Karateka from Blue Tiger, Chelmsford, Dulwich, Ipswich Higashi, Makenki, Shin Gi Tai, Shoeburyness, Stock and Sudbury arrived early on the day all-eager to take part.   The event kicked off with Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones announcing the order of events whilst Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones, Chief Referee for the Competition, briefed the enthusiastic team of Referee, Judges and Match Recorders.


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Photo: Officials - The Referee and Judges start the Elimination matches on Area 2. (L-R) Wayne Lottering, Jason Sanchez, Richard Kheder, Peter Jones and Matthew McGettigan.  In the background (L-R) Sensei Jane Naylor- Jones, Emma Burke and Sharky Ausitin-Coskry. Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.


Understanding that for many of the Karateka in attendance this was their first competition, the Eliminations started with the Individual ‘Black Belt’ and ‘Brown Belt’ Kata Categories.   This set the standard as the High Grade Kata performances were excellent throughout the Eliminations.  


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Photo:  KIAI! - Wilson Tang performing Kata Bassai Dai in the Individual Kata 'Brown Belt' Category.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling 


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Photo:  Courtesy and Respect - Jessica Steadman bowing to the Judges before the match begins.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling.


Next were the ‘White to Red Belt’ and ‘Yellow to Purple/white Belt’ Categories. For the young Karateka the thought of performing their Kata in front of such a large crowd was daunting. The crowd, who were terrific during the ‘Black’ and ‘Brown’ Categories, rose to another level to support each and every one of the Low Grades as they competed.  The atmosphere was fantastic, with all those competing encouraging each other and the Officials were actively involved in making sure those new to competition competed and completed their individual matches reinforcing a positive experience for all. 


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Photo:  Corner Judge Sharky Austin-Coskry makes sure White Belt Sophie Higgs has her red tag tied correctly before competing.  Photo courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.                                                                


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Photo: Anya Dunbar performing Kata Heian Shodan.  Photo courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


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Photo:  Nukite - Ella Roberts performing Kata Heian Nidan during the Individual Kata 'Yellow to Purple/white Belt' Eliminations.  Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.


With the Individual Kata Eliminations completed, the Kihon Ippon Kumite event started.  This was divided into three categories based on age: Under 10 Years old, 10-11 Years old and 12-15 Years old.  With safety being of paramount importance, the ‘Rules of the match’ were strictly adhered to ensure the blocks and counters were delivered accurately and with good control.  In each of the categories, there were many fierce battles between Karateka as they fought eagerly to get to the next round and Finals. 


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Photo:  Richard Naylor-Jones, Chief Referee for the Competition, talks with a group of Competitors prior to the Ippon Kumite.  Reminding them of the Rules, the importance of Control and Safety.  

Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.


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Photo: Kihon Ippon Kumite - Under 10 years old -  Alex Lockett (Left) during an elimination match counters with Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch) to Zack Brazier (right) from Sudbury SKC.  Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling


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Photo:  Ippon Kumite - Connor Payne (right) attacks with a Yoko Geri Kekomi (side thrust kick) against his opponent Owen Hardman from Ipswich Higashi.  Photo courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


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Photo:  Kihon Ippon Kumite - Matthew Dowling attacks with mae geri (front kick) to his opponent Owen Glover from Ipswich Higashi.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.


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Photo:  Kihon Ippon Kumite - 12-15 years old - During the Elimination rounds, Leah Rodrigues (right) blocks and  counters with gyaku-zuki (reverse punch) to the Gold medalist Millie Daniels (left) from Ipswich Higashi.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling


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Photo: Decision - Kihon Ippon Kumite - Alasdair Ward wins his match - in the background Wayne Lottering one of the four corner Judges on the Area gives his decision, signalling a win to Aka (red).  

Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling.


It was then onto the Team Kata Eliminations, they were split into two categories – ‘White to Purple/white’ Belts Grades and ‘Black & Brown’ Belts.  Both events were well represented with Teams for each category competing for the top four scores to get to the final.   Teams had been training hard in the build up to the tournament to make sure that they performed their Team Kata’s with good timing and technique.  This certainly was evident as the standard was superb. 


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Photo: Chelmsford '2' Team Kata performing Kihon Kata. (L-R) Jonathan Crisp, Eddie Pickwick and Sophie Higgs.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


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Photo:  Chelmsford 'B' Team Kata performing Kata Heian Sandan during the Elimination rounds.  (L-R) Jessica Steadman, Wilson Tang and Leah Rodrigues.  Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling


It was then onto the Finals....... (the full results can be seen at the end of this report). From a Chelmsford perspective it was certainly pleasing to see so many students through to the Finals in each category. 

First was Individual Kata.......


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Photo:  The finalists for the All the Individual Kata Categories start to line up.

Photo courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.


In the ‘White to Red Belts’, Lauren Jenkins and Sophie Higgs were excellent with Lauren taking fourth place and Sophie second, both with strong performances of Kihon Kata.


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Photo:  Sophie Higgs - Chelmsford's lowest grade that entered the Competition holding her two medals from Individual and Team Kata.  Photo Courtesy of CSKC.


The next Category was ‘Yellow to Purple/white’ Belts and this was an all Chelmsford final.  Jason Tu came fourth performing Kata Heian Nidan, Lee Rifat was third, again with Heian Nidan, Anya Dunbar took second with Kata Heian Sandan and Leo Tu performed an excellent Heian Nidan to win.


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Photo: Two's Company three's a crowd - Two of the Finalists from the Individual Kata 'Yellow to Purple/White' Belt Category!   (L-R) Leo Tu (1st), Jason Tu (4th) and Tom Jeffery (their very happy friend!).  

Photo Courtesy of CSKC.


Next were the ‘Brown Belts’ and again it was an all Chelmsford final.  The places were fiercely contested with only four points dividing fourth to first place.  Wilson Tang took fourth with Kata Bassai Dai, next was Alasdair Ward also with Bassai Dai, and second was Millie Austin-Coskry with Empi who was beaten narrowly by Megan Naylor-Jones with an excellent performance of  Bassai Dai.


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Photo:  Hantei! - Finalist Millie Austin-Coskry following her performance of Kata Empi awaiting the Judges total Score.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography. 


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Photo:  Individual Kata Brown Belt Winner - Megan Naylor-Jones performing Kata Bassai Dai.  

Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.


The final Individual Kata event was for the ‘Black Belts’.  The top three positions were from Chelmsford. Jamie Lottering took third with Kata Gojushiho Sho, Teah Pope (Nijushiho) and Matthew Dowling (Kanku Sho) drew initially for first place. With Seven Judges, when the Kata’s are initially scored the highest and lowest scores are removed from the overall score. The rule when there is a tie is to add back the lowest score from the Judges to the overall total and as a result Matthew Dowling won Gold.


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Photo:  Finalist Jamie Lottering performing Kata Gojushiho Sho.  Photo courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


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Photo:  Black Belt Kata Silver Medallist Teah Pope with Kata Nijushiho.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs


There then was a Demonstration by the current KUGB National Adult Team Kata Champions.  It was introduced as a Kata demonstration but quickly turned into a Self Defence routine.  With Jack Hillsden absent – Sharky and Eric Austin-Coskry were asked to perform a synchronized Kata with just the two of them.  Unfortunately, without Jack’s calming influence, neither Sharky nor Eric could agree on which Kata to perform – and argued embarrassingly in front of an unknowing crowd! Sharky then attacked Eric and the pre-planned self defence routine began.  Eric yet again won the day, against his older brother, leaving Sharky on the floor as he exited the Area to a round of applause.


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Photo: Demonstration - Eric Austin-Coskry in the process of making sure his brother Sharky stays on the floor!  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


Kihon Ippon Kumite then began.  Starting with the ‘Under 10 Year Old’ Semi Finals, Louise Filmer came Joint third, along with Wilson Tang who lost to eventual winner Alex Lockett who had been on good form all day. 


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Photo:  Fellow Ippon Kumite Finalists applaud Alex Lockett (centre) as he steps forward to take a Bow for winning the Under 10 Year old Category.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


In the ‘10-11 Year olds’ Campbell Ward and Jonathan ‘JJ’ Pirmuhamedov fought strong throughout the day to reach the final.  Under the Competition Rules Campbell has to remove his glasses to compete in this event and this did not deter him at any stage of the competition as he took first place in the Final against JJ. 


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Photo:  Campbell Ward (left) scores on his opponent Leon Machin from Shin Gi Tai in the semi Final of the Ippon Kumite 11-12 year old. Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography


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Photo:  Kihon Ippon Kumite Final 10-11 Year Olds - Campbell Ward (left) blocks and counters with Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch) to JJ Pirmuhamedov (right).  Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.



In the ‘12-15 year old’ Category, Melvyn Tang and Alasdair Ward fought well all day to get to the Semi finals and came Joint third. Matthew Dowling went one step further and was runner up in the Final.


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Photo: Champions - (L-R) Matthew Dowling and Alex Lockett pose for photos with their medals after the Competition. Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling 


It was then to the last event – Team Kata with the first category being the ‘White to Purple/white Belts’.  In this Category, Team Chelmsford ‘2’ consisting of Jonathan Crisp, Eddie Pickwick and Sophie Higgs came fourth with Kihon Kata.  In the ‘Black and Brown Belt’ Team Kata - Chelmsford ‘C’ consisting of Louise Filmer, Melvyn Tang and Leo Tu came fourth with Kata Heian Yondan.  Chelmsford’s ‘A’ Team with Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Romilly Pope produced an outstanding performance of Bassai Dai to gain First place.

Sensei Dot Naylor, Chelmsford SKC’s Chief Instructor, presented all the finalists with their medals and posed enthusiastically for the many photographs.


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Photo: Young Chelmsford Tigers with Sensei Dot Naylor - (L-R) Eddie Pickwick, Jonathan Crisp, Sophie Higgs and Sensei Dot Naylor.  Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.


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Photo:  One for Kata one for Kumite - Louise Filmer receives her second medal from Sensei Dot.

Photo Courtesy of Martin Higgs Photography.


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Photo:  Matthew Dowling Gold Medalist in Kata and Silver Medalist in Kumite presented with his medals by Sensei Dot Naylor, Chelmsford SKC Chief Instructor. Photo Courtesy of CSKC


This brought the 2014 Shotokan Tigers Competition to a successful close.  We would like to thank everyone who supported this event – the Competitors, Spectators, Officials, the Team of helpers, the Photographers - Steve Dowling and Martin Higgs, and last but not least our First Aider - Dave Jeffery who happily reported that he had no patients to treat throughout the tournament!  We have received a lot of positive feedback from all those who attended and so plan to make this an annual event again going forward.


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Photo:  Some of the Chelmsford's Shotokan Tigers get together for a Group Shot at the end of the Competition.  Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling.


 

2014 Shotokan Tiger Full Competition Results

 

Individual Kata - 10-8th Kyu (White to Red Belt)

1. Daniel Shave, Ipswich Higashi

2. Sophie Higgs, Chelmsford

3. Harry Stevenson, Shin Gi Tai

4. Lauren Jenkins, Chelmsford

 

Individual Kata – 7th-4th Kyu (Yellow to Purple Stripe Belts)

1. Leo Tu, Chelmsford

2. Anya Dunbar, Chelmsford

3. Lee Rifat, Chelmsford

4. Jason Tu, Chelmsford

 

Individual Kata – 3rd-1st Kyu ( Brown Belts)

1. Megan Naylor-Jones, Chelmsford

2. Millie Austin-Coskry, Chelmsford

3. Alasdair Ward, Chelmsford

4. Wilson Tang, Chelmsford

 

Individual Kata - Dan Grades (Black Belts)

1. Matthew Dowling, Chelmsford

2. Teah Pope, Chelmsford

3. Jamie Lottering, Chelmsford

4. Charles Thompson, Shin Gi Tai

 

Ippon Kumite - Under 10 years old

1. Alexander Lockett, Chelmsford

2. Shannon Hardman, Ipswich Higashi

3. Wilson Tang, Chelmsford

3. Louise Filmer, Chelmsford

 

Ippon Kumite - 10-11 years old

1. Campbell Ward, Chelmsford

2. Jonathan Pirmuhamedov, Chelmsford

3. Harry Stevenson, Shin Gi Tai

3. Leon Machin, Shin Gi Tai

 

Ippon Kumite - 12-15 years old

1. Millie Daniels, Ipswich Higashi

2. Matthew Dowling, Chelmsford

3. Melvyn Tang, Chelmsford

3. Alasdair Ward, Chelmsford

 

Team Kata - White to Purple/white Belts

1. Ipswich Higashi 2

2. Ipswich Higashi 1

3. Blue Tiger

4. Chelmsford 2

 

Team Kata - Black and Brown Belts

1. Chelmsford A

2. Ipswich Higashi

3. Shin Gi Tai

4. Chelmsford C

 

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