On Saturday 6th July, Chelmsford SKC were back on the road again this time taking a trip to Chesterfield for the Karate Union Of Great Britain National Youth Championship.
The Chelmsford Squad members competing were: Eric and Sharky Austin-Coskry, Rachel Cohen, Jack and Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, Romilly and Teah Pope, Aya Rainer and Ally Ward. In addition, to those competing, we had Chief Instructor Sensei Dot, Sensei Jane and Sensei Richard plus a large group of supporters in the stands cheering our team on.
The weather was playing a major factor in the event as, after a lot of rain and grey days, summer finally arrived so the Sports Centre had all the doors open in a bid to try to keep the arena’s cool.
The day’s events started with kata and everyone was put through their paces. Mia and Teah qualified for the Girls Blackbelt kata whilst Megan qualified for the Girls Brown Belt kata. There were many other good performances with Eric, Jack and Sharky facing very strong opponents as all four men’s KUGB National Kata finalists in May just happened to be under 21 and competing in Chesterfield. Sharky did particularly well getting to the last eight only to be beaten by the current Men’s National and European Kata Champion – Hisham Saif.
In the Kumite everyone fought valiantly, in particular Ally who as a 4th Kyu had to fight a Blackbelt who was at least a foot taller then him. Mia did exceptionally well and won her semi final to go through to the evening Finals.
The last elimination event was the Children’s Team Kata- we had two teams – Chelmsford ‘A’ – Aya, Mia & Teah and Chelmsford ‘B’ Jamie, Megan & Romilly. Both teams went successfully through the knock out stage and qualified for the semi finals with Chelmsford ‘A’ comfortably scoring top points whilst Chelmsford ‘B” narrowly missed out on a place in the final being placed fifth with kata ‘Heian Nidan’.
Once the eliminations were complete there was a welcomed interval and everyone took the opportunity to cool down and some even had an ice cream!
The Finals began with a Special Award to Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) the Chief Instructor of the KUGB. He will be 70 years young on Tuesday and so was surprised with a gift and cards from the members of the KUGB. There was a brief speech by Philip Gandy the gift/cards were presented by two young KUGB members Connor Wilson (St Johns SKC) and Mia (from Chelmsford). Following this the Final Events began.
In the Girls Brown Belt Kata – Megan came third with a good performance of kata ‘Bassai Sho”. This was then followed by the Girls Black Belt Kata.
Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones Bronze Medal in Girls Brown Belt Kata
We had two competitors in this category, Mia and Teah, and they had both been placed in the KUGB National Championships earlier this year in May. Both improved on their placing, with Teah taking third with a strong performance of kata ‘Nijushiho’ and Mia winning the event with an excellent ‘Gojushiho Sho’.
Photo: (L-R) Mia Hillsden Gold Medal and Teah Pope Bronze Medal in Girls Black Belt Kata
In the Girls 10-11 Kumite, Mia fought a very good tactical fight to win by two waza ari’s to win the title. For Mia this made it a double gold with wins in Kata and Kumite – so a big WELL DONE!
Photo: Mia Hillsden 2013 KUGB National Youth Girls 10-11 Kumite Champion
Our Final category was Children’s Team Kata. Aya, Mia, and Teah had won the KUGB Nationals in 2012 but were unlucky not to retain their title earlier this year so they were keen to put this right at the National Youth Championships. They produced an outstanding performance of the Kata – ‘Empi’ and became Champions again – following up on their recent success at the Southern Regions in June.
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Photo: Chelmsford National Youth Champions 2013
Mia Hillsden holding Trophy with Aya Rainer and Teah Pope standing behind
So another Championship came to a close, it had been another successful competition for Chelmsford SKC and we all left for our journey home with good spirits. Sensei Dot was very pleased with everyone’s performance and would like to say a special well done to all those who attended from Chelmsford, both competitors and our supporters.
To find out when and where the next Championships will be please see our ‘Events Page.