For a second successive year Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club (SKC) won three British Titles at the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) British National Youth Championships.
Photo: Triple Crown - KUGB National Youth Champions (L-R) Anya Dunbar, Mia Hillsden and Alexander Lockett.
This major event on the calendar took place in Chesterfield on Saturday 4th July with our Club looking to build on their tremendous performance at the KUGB South of England Championships in June where the squad had been outstanding. Everyone who entered knew the KUGB British Youth Nationals were going to be a tougher challenge. This event, which is for karateka under 21 years old, attracts competitors from all over the British Isles. and includes a large number of seasoned international competitors and national squad members.
The club took a squad of fifteen, plus Chelmsford's Chief Instructor Sensei Dot Naylor, Coaches Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones, Referee Richard Kheder and Judge Wayne Lottering, and a large group of supporters to cheer them on. The eliminations began at 10 am and, as always, there were some brilliant performances in both Kata and Kumite to entertain the enthusiastic crowd.
Photo: Chelmsford's KUGB Youth Championship Squad - (well most of them!) (L-R) Back Row- Ella Roberts, Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Hillsden and Lee Rifat. Middle Row - Wilson Tang, Louise Filmer, Rosie Caddy and Joseph Dunbar. Front Row - Anya Dunbar, Mia Hillsden and Alexander Lockett.
The Finals started in style for Chelmsford SKC with Anya Dunbar, who won her first British title in the Novice to 4th Kyu Kata last year, stepping up a level to win the Girls Brown Belt Kata with an impressive Kata Bassai Dai.
Photo: British Champion Anya Dunbar with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan)
In the Children’s Ippon Kumite Alexander Lockett fought strongly throughout the day and went one step better than last years silver this time to win Gold in a fiercely contested final.
Photo: British Champion Alexander Lockett
This was followed by the Girls Black Belt Kata where, Mia Hillsden won Gold with an excellent performance of Kata - Gojushiho Sho.
Photo: British Champion Mia Hillsden
Meanwhile, in the Boys Black Belt Kata England Squad member Jamie Lottering, won Silver with a strong Kata Gojushiho Sho.
Photo: Silver medalist Jamie Lottering with his KUGB England Kata Coach Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan)
Next, was the Children’s Team Kata Final where a newly formed team of Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Megan Naylor-Jones produced a well timed and synchronized performance of Kata Empi to come third and win Bronze.
Photo: Chelmsford Team Kata bronze medalists (L-R) Megan Naylor-Jones, Mia Hillsden and Jamie Lottering
It was then onto the Female Black Belt Kata where, England Squad member, Teah Pope made the step up into this older age category to come third with a strong performance of Kata Nijushiho.
Photo: Bronze medalist Teah Pope
Chelmsford SKC Coach Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones said, “This was a tremendous achievement by our Chelmsford stars. The KUGB is the largest single style Karate organisation in Britain so to win three British Titles at this level for a second successive year was truly outstanding. The technical standard of Karate, their dedication and passion of all of our competitors, not only those who reached the Finals, was excellent. As a relatively new city we are small in comparison to many others but through Karate we are making sure everyone knows where were from and who is making all the noise!"
Photo: KUGB Referee Richard Kheder and KUGB Judge Wayne Lottering