Last week, Chelmsford's Teah Pope traveled with the KUGB England Team to Bielsko Biala in Poland to compete at the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships.
The Championship took place over the weekend of 3/4th October. With over 700 entries from 22 countries, the Tournament ran over two days and lived up to expectations with 'world class' competitors producing Karate performances of the highest standard.
Teah was part of the KUGB England Cadets Ladies Kumite Team that finished fifth in the world. She was on excellent form throughout the day. Teah along with her England team mates were unlucky not to progress further.
Photo: Chelmsford and England's Teah Pope getting some last minute instructions before competing from KUGB England Coach Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan)
Chelmsford Instructors Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones were also in attendance at the Championships and were extremely pleased with Teah's performance and the progress that she is making. Sensei Jane, a former KUGB British team member, said "the standard of Karateka at these championships is incredible so, Teah's performance on the day plus the experience of competing at this level will only bode well for her future success".
Also competing was Jack Somers, who travels from Ipswich to train with the Chelmsford Club on a regular basis, and came fourth in the Male Senior Individual Kata and helped the Senior Male Kata Team take bronze with a strong performance of Gojushiho Sho.
All attention now switches to the European Championships that will take place here in Crawley, England in November.