Our Shotokan Tigers were on excellent form yesterday when they entered the Shotokan Tigers Competition held at the William De Ferrers Leisure Centre in South Woodham Ferrers. The Club won Six Events taking - 6 Golds, 6 Silvers and 4 Bronze positions.
Photo: Champions - Chelmsford's Shotokan Tigers display their medals
The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organisation in the UK and holds a number of National and Regional Championships throughout the year. In addition to these, KUGB clubs get together in their local areas to hold ‘Friendly’ Tournaments. For the South East this is the Shotokan Tigers Competition, in South Woodham Ferrers. Smaller in scale and targeted to the younger population (Aged 4 to 15 years old) it provides both an opportunity to introduce those new to competing whilst the more experienced competitors have a platform to prepare for forthcoming Championships.
With Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Clubs from Essex, Kent, London, Suffolk and Sussex all of the categories had a large number of entrants so competition to reach the Finals was fierce as the young athletes battled through the Elimination rounds in both Kata (set forms) and Kumite (sparring).
For some of the youngsters, the thought of performing in front of such a large crowd was daunting. In response the crowd, who were terrific during the more experienced Black and Brown Belt 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 to make sure it was an enjoyable experience supported by the Referees and Judges.
The standard of Karate on display in the Elimination matches was superb. It was evident that everyone had been training hard in the build-up to the tournament to make sure that they performed to their best.
The Finals opened with the introduction of our Special Guest – Councillor Stephanie Scott, Champion for Disabled Children and Adults from Chelmsford City Council. She along with the crowd were treated to an exciting demonstration from England Internationals and World Champions Mia Hillsden and Jack Somers. Both Mia and Jack, are graduates of the Shotokan Tigers the junior section of Chelmsford Karate Club. The duo each performed their World Championship winning Kata’s and then together did a self defence demonstration based on application of Kata.
From a Chelmsford Karate Club perspective, it was certainly pleasing to see so many students through to the Finals. Throughout the different categories Chelmsford were strongly represented and won a total of 6 Golds (4 Individual and 2 Team Events), 6 Silvers and 4 bronze medals. This included Billy Mount and Alexander Lockett who were both outstanding to become Grand Champions by winning their individual Kata and Kumite events.
Karate is not only about self defence but also about training to improve oneself both physically and mentally. Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan) is the KUGB’s National Disability and Mental Health Officer and he was introduced alongside two of the KUGB’s Regional Mental Health Ambassadors – England’s Jack Somers (3rd Dan) and Sensei Richard Kheder (3rd Dan). The KUGB’s chosen annual Charity this year is Mind, and so there was a fundraising raffle at the competition where we raised over £200 towards a much larger annual total.
We would like to thank everyone who competed and supported this event – especially our Sponsors –Finishing Touches, Ipswich Higashi, Newman Electricals, Oddfellow Arms Pub, Regashi Karate Academy, Senshuken and Stock Karate. We have received a lot of positive feedback from everyone and in particular from our special guest Councillor Stephanie Scott.
Full Results for Chelmsford were as follows:
GOLD - Chelmsford 'A' Team Kata - Brown/Black Belts - Layla Barrett, Lucy Davy & Nick Nelson
GOLD - Chelmsfrod '3' Team Kata - White to Purple Belts - Sam Montgomery-Singh, Robert Rajda & Cillian Whyte
GOLD - Alexander Lockett - Black Belt Kata
GOLD - Alexander Lockett - 12-15 Ippon Kumite
GOLD - Billy Mount - Yellow to Purple Belt Kata
GOLD - Billy Mount - Under 10 Ippon Kumite
SILVER Chelmsford '1' Team Kata - White to Purple Belts - Andrew Justo, Billy Mount & Cameron Pendrous
SILVER - Izzy Sokmen - Kata - White to Red Belt
SILVER - Layla Barrett - Yellow to Purple Belt Kata
SILVER - Nick Nelson - Black Belt Kata
SILVER - Beth Gilbert - 10-11 Ippon Kumite
BRONZE - Chelmsford 'C' Team Kata - Brown/Black Belts - Alexander Lockett, Ella Roberts & Noah Seed
BRONZE - Chelmsford 'B' Team Kata - Brown/Black Belts - Marley Barrett, Theo Barrett & Beth Gilbert
BRONZE - Uthman Sultanov - Under 10 Ippon Kumite
BRONZE - Harry Brew - Under 10 Ippon Kumite
Photo - Individual Kata - White to Red Belt
Photo: Individual Kata - Brown Belts
Photo: Individual Kata Black Belts
Photo: Team Kata - White to Purple Stripe
Photo: Team Kata Brown and Black Belts
Photo: Ippon Kumite - Under 10 years old
Photo: Ippon Kumite - 10-11 years old
Photo: Ippon Kumite - Aged 12-15 years old