This weekend our England Squad members travelled to Chesterfield to take part in the KUGB's Grand Slam, a competition that is fiercely fought by all and competitors take nothing away only the pride of competing for their Country.
Teah Pope, Jamie Lottering, Mia Hillsden and Megan Naylor-Jones gathered at the Queen's Park Leisure Centre for KUGB England Squad Training prior to the start of the Grand Slam and then after a short break, the competition began.
Photo: Chelmsford's England Squad members: Megan Naylor-Jones, Mia Hillsden, Teah Pope and Jamie Lottering.
All four competitors were excellent during the day and were unlucky not to get further in the draw, but it was Mia Hillsden, at just 13, who won her place in the Female Individual Kata.
Usually when competing, Mia would be in the Children's Event, but the Grand Slam is very different. In the Kata event there is no age category so Mia was competing against Karateka much older than her.
Photo: Courtesy of the KUGB: Ladies Kata Finalists - Second in from right Mia Hillsden
For anyone to place at this level is an honour, but for someone as young as Mia this was exceptional and she was unlucky not to have been placed higher.
Photo: Mia Hillsden performing Kata Gojushiho Sho in the Final at the Grand Slam
Well done also to Jack Somers (Ipswich Higashi) who trains regularly at the Chelmsford Club who won the Male Kata Final.
The Grand Slam is a great experience for anyone as it puts you front and centre in the eyes of the Squad Coaches.
Well done everyone.
Photo: Teah Pope (front right) counters her opponent during one of the many Kumite drills in the earlier Training Session. Also far left corner you will see Megan Naylor-Jones and Mia Hillsden.
Photo: (L-R) Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Mia Hillsden practising Kata during the Training session.