Chelmsford SKC cap an outstanding year in their final competition winning eight out of a possible nine Golds!
Photo: Chelmsford SKC's Team and Officials - well most of them!
On Saturday the 22nd November a large number of young competitors, aged from five to fifteen years old, from seven different Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Clubs entered the Shotokan Tigers Competition held at the William De Ferrers Leisure Centre in South Woodham Ferrers.
The KUGB, as the largest single style Karate organization in the UK, hold a number of British, National and Regional Championships throughout the year. In addition to these, KUGB clubs throughout Britain get together in their local areas to hold ‘Friendly’ Tournaments of which the Shotokan Tigers Competition here in Essex is one. Smaller in scale and targeted to the younger population, it provides both an opportunity to introduce those new to competing whilst the more experienced competitors have a platform to prepare for forthcoming Championships.
This event requires a lot of organisation and we are very proud that the Tigers Competition was supported by a number of Sponsors. They were Church and Hawes, Loulabelles and Edith & Elizabeth (all from South Woodham Ferrers), UK Electrical and Lighting (Braintree), Finishing Touches (Southend), Jeans Laundry (Leigh-on-Sea), Kamae (Martial Arts Wear & Equipment – Wirral), and Sensei Peter Heal (Stoke By Nayland Shotokan Karate Club).
Photo: Our Sponsors - a big THANK YOU!
So, with Karateka from Essex, Suffolk and London arriving early on the day all-eager to take part, the Tournament kicked off promptly with Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones (5th Dan) explaining the order of events. Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), Chief Referee for the Competition, meanwhile, briefed the enthusiastic team of Referee, Judges and Match Officials
Understanding that for many of the Karateka in attendance this was their first competition, the Eliminations started with the Individual ‘Black Belt’ and ‘Brown Belt’ Kata (set forms) Categories. This set the standard as the High Grade Kata performances were excellent throughout the eliminations. Next were the ‘White to Red Belt’ and ‘Yellow to Purple/white Belt’ Categories. For the young Karateka the thought of performing their Kata in front of such a large crowd was daunting. The crowd, who were terrific during the ‘Black’ and ‘Brown’ 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 and the Officials were actively involved in making sure those new to competition completed their individual matches reinforcing a positive experience for all.
With the Individual Kata Eliminations completed, the Kihon Ippon Kumite (Basic Sparring) event started. This was divided into three categories based on age: Under 10 Years old, 10-11 Years old and 12-15 Years old. With safety being of paramount importance the ‘Rules of the Match’ were strictly adhered to ensure the blocks and counters were delivered accurately and with good control. In each of the categories, there were many fierce battles between Karateka as they fought eagerly to get to the next round and Finals.
It was then onto the Team Kata Eliminations, which were split into two categories – ‘White to Purple/white’ Belts Grades and ‘Black & Brown’ Belts. Both events were very well represented with Teams for each category competing for the top four scores to get to the final. Teams had been training hard in the build up to the tournament to make sure that they performed their Team Kata’s with good timing and technique. This certainly was evident as the standard was superb.
It was then onto the Finals and the event opened with a special demonstration by Jack Somers, who himself competed in these Tiger competitions when he was younger. Since that time he has won numerous titles at National and International Level. Although only 20 years old himself, he currently holds the titles of Senior European Kata Champion and World Junior Team Kata Champion. We were very privileged to have Jack perform his excellent demonstration as in a few days time he will travel with the KUGB England Team to compete at the European Shotokan Karate Association Championships (ESKA) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Photo: Jack Somers, European Senior Male Kata Champion - pictured following his triumph at the ESKA Championships in Portugal.
From a Chelmsford perspective it was certainly pleasing to see so many students through to the Finals. (Full Results can be seen below)
In the ‘Yellow to Purple/white’ Belts Category Lee Rifat came third with Kata Heian Yondan, whilst Anya Dunbar performed an excellent Heian Nidan to win Gold.
Next, were the ‘Brown Belts’ and it was an all Chelmsford final. The places were fiercely contested amongst their team mates and all four decided to perform Kata Bassai Dai. Benjamin Pickwick took fourth, third was Jessica Steadman, second was Romilly Pope who was beaten by the winner Alexander Lockett with an excellent performance of Bassai Dai.
The final Individual Kata event was for the ‘Black Belts’. The top two positions were both from Chelmsford. Megan Naylor-Jones took silver with Kata Empi, whilst Jamie Lottering took Gold with a strong performance of Kata Gojushiho Sho.
Photo: White to Red Belt Kata Finalists - Sponsored by Edith & Elizabeth.
Awards presented by Emma Burke
Photo: Yellow to Purple/white Belt Kata - Sponsored and presented by Emma Burke of Jeans Laundry, Southend
Photo: Brown Belt Kata Finalists - Sponsored by Chris Pope, UK Electrical and Lighting Braintree. Presented by Heather Pope.
Photo: Black Belt Kata - Sponsored by Kamae, Martial Arts Wear & Equipment, Wirral.
Presented by Sensei Dot Naylor, Chief Instructor, Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club
Then the Finals of the Kihon Ippon Kumite began. Starting with the ‘Under 10 Year old’ Category, in the Semi Finals, Benjamin Pickwick came Joint third, whilst Alexander Lockett who had fought strongly, added a second Gold of the day to his impressive collection in 2014. In the ‘10-11 Year olds’ Anya Dunbar came Joint third, whilst Romilly Pope had to meet fellow Team mate Matthew Gilbert in the final. Under the Competition Rules Matthew has to remove his glasses to compete in this event. This did not deter him at any stage of the competition as he took first place in the Final against Romilly Pope. In the ‘12-15 year old’ Category, Rosie Caddy had fought well all day to get to the Semi finals and came Joint third. Whilst, Jamie Lottering took Gold in a strong, determined and skillful Final.
Photo: Kihon Ippon Kumite Under 10 - Sponsored by Lisa Ironman, Finishing Touches and presented by Emma Burke.
Photo: Kihon Ippon Kumite 10-11 Years- Sponsored and Presented by Sensei Peter Heal, Stoke By Nayland Shotokan Karate Club
Photo: Kihon Ippon Kumite 12-15 years old - Sponsored by Kamae Martial Arts Wear and Equipment, Wirral. Presented by Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones
It was then to the last event – Team Kata and first category up was the ‘White to Purple/white Belts’. In this Category Team Chelmsford ‘2’, consisting of, Calum Brown, Simone Brown and Alicia Willis came second with Kihon Kata. Whilst Chelmsford ‘4’, consisting of Rosa Conley, Caitlin Glover and Lauren Jenkins took first place with an excellent performance of Kata Heian Nidan. In the ‘Black and Brown Belt’ Team Kata - Chelmsford ‘C’, consisting of Anya Dunbar, Alexander Lockett and Jessica Steadman came second with Kata Heian Sandan. Chelmsford’s ‘A’ Team, with Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Romilly Pope produced an outstanding performance of Bassai Dai.
Photo: Team Kata Low Grade Finalists - Sponsored by Loulabelles, South Woodham Ferrers. Presented by Sensei Richard Kheder
Photo: Team Kata High Grades - Sponsored by Church and Hawes, South Woodham Ferrers. Presented by Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones
At the end of the Finals there was a Ceremony where our Sponsors (or their nominees) of each Category presented the finalists with their medals who posed enthusiastically for the many photographs.
This brought the Shotokan Tigers Competition to a successful close. We would like to thank everyone who supported this event – the Competitors, Spectators, Officials, Our Sponsors, our First Aider - Dave Jeffery, the Team of Helpers and the Leisure Centre Staff. We have received a lot of positive feedback from all those who attended as they thoroughly enjoyed this event.
Sensei Dot Naylor, Chief Instructor of Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club said she was particularly pleased with the standard of Karate and behaviour of everyone who competed from all of the KUGB Clubs. With so much young talent on display the future prospects of Karate in this region looks very good. Well done!
Shotokan Tiger Full Competition Results
Individual Kata - 10-8th Kyu (White to Red Belt)
1. Natasha Fossey, Ipswich Higashi
2. Clia Coombes, Ipswich Higashi
3. Emily Rundle, Stoke by Nayland
4. Amy Howells, Stoke By Nayland
Individual Kata – 7th-4th Kyu (Yellow to Purple Stripe Belts)
1. Anya Dunbar, Chelmsford
2. Lucy Davy, Shin Gi Tai
3. Lee Rifat, Chelmsford
4. Harry Stevenson, Shin Gi Tai
Individual Kata – 3rd-1st Kyu ( Brown Belts)
1. Alexander Lockett, Chelmsford
2. Romilly Pope, Chelmsford
3. Jessica Steadman, Chelmsford
4. Benjamin Pickwick, Chelmsford
Individual Kata - Dan Grades (Black Belts)
1. Jamie Lottering, Chelmsford
2. Megan Naylor-Jones, Chelmsford
3. Owen Glover, Ipswich Higashi
4. Charles Thompson, Shin Gi Tai
Ippon Kumite - Under 10 years old
1. Alexander Lockett, Chelmsford
2. Shannon Hardman, Ipswich Higashi
3. Benjamin Pickwick, Chelmsford
3. Reece Hunt, Chelmsford
Ippon Kumite - 10-11 years old
1. Matthew Gilbert, Chelmsford
2. Romilly Pope, Chelmsford
3. Reece Dixon, Ipswich Higashi
3. Anya Dunbar, Chelmsford
Ippon Kumite - 12-15 years old
1. Jamie Lottering, Chelmsford
2. Annalisa Marano, Shin Gi Tai
3. Charles Thompson, Shin Gi Tai
3. Rosie Caddy, Chelmsford
Team Kata - White to Purple/white Belts
1. Chelmsford ‘4’
2. Chelmsford ‘2’
3. Stoke by Nayland
4. Ipswich Higashi ‘1’
Team Kata - Black and Brown Belts
1. Chelmsford ‘A’
2. Chelmsford ‘C’
3. Stoke by Nayland ‘B’
4. Ipswich Higashi ‘A’