2014 was a fantastic year filled with Kyu Gradings, Dan Gradings, Championship successes, Radio Interviews, Newspaper Articles and much, much more.
Here are a few of the highlights!
Congratulations to Mia Hillsden who was runner up in the Essex Young Sports Star Awards. Mia attended the Essex Chronicle Media Group Sports Awards at the Essex County Cricket Ground.
14-year-old Jamie Lottering was selected onto the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) Junior Kumite Squad!
Congratulations to Teah Pope and Eric Austin-Coskry who were selected onto the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) England Kata Squad.
Our club hosted a Masterclass and Kyu Grading under Sensei Sherry (9th Dan), the Chief Instructor of the KUGB, with over 80 Students Grading from Ipswich Higashi, Maidstone, Shin Gi Tai, Sudbury and, of course, Chelmsford.
Matthew Dowling, Teah Pope, Megan and Jane Naylor-Jones attended and were selected to train on the KUGB Central Region Kata Squad under Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan), former World and European Kata Champion and current KUGB England Junior Squad Coach.
Sensei Jane was invited by Sensei Ian Harman to teach at the Kyoshin SKC Dojo.
We ran a Special Tigers Half-Term Course and a Referees and Judges Workshop.
We held our Shotokan Tigers Competition, coming back with 24 medals! Well done to Leo Tu, Megan Naylor-Jones, Matthew Dowling, Alexander Lockett, Campbell Ward, and Chelmsford Team A (Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, and Romilly Pope) for winning their respective categories!
Eric Austin-Coskry, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope attended the KUGB Grandslam in Chesterfield.
Megan Naylor-Jones and Tom Jeffery passed their Shodan Black Belt Gradings in Abingdon.
Sensei Dot, Sensei Jane, and Megan Naylor-Jones were on BBC Radio Essex on the Dave Monk Programme to discuss Megan’s achievement of Black Belt and how there are now 3 generations of Black Belt Naylor women.
17 members of CSKC plus their families travelled to Torbay, Devon for the KUGB Spring Karate Course.
Those training from Chelmsford SKC included: Matthew Dowling, Anya Dunbar, John Dunbar, Joseph Dunbar, Ian Gilbert, Matthew Gilbert, Jamie Lottering, Wayne Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones, Jane Naylor-Jones, Ben Pickwick, Eddie Pickwick, Pamela Pickwick, Richard Pickwick, Ella Roberts and Jessica Steadman. Richard Naylor-Jones was also there supporting the KUGB Facebook page with lots of photographs.
Many of our members entered the Thursday Kata Competition. They all did very well with Ella Roberts coming 4th in the White to Purple Belt Category, Jessica Steadman came 4th in the Brown belt Category and Jamie Lottering coming 3rd in the Black belt Category (one position higher from last year).
At the end of the week was a Dan Grading, where Jamie Lottering and Matthew Dowling both achieved Nidan.
Sensei Brennan held a Masterclass in Chelmsford. Ig Bittencourt from Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil, completed the impossible trip via South Korea to London to train at Chelmsford SKC under Sensei Brennan- even though he had not slept properly in 40 hours and had travelled to the Dojo straight from the airport!
Sensei Dot, Sensei Jane, and Megan were all featured in the Essex Chronical Newspaper.
We hosted an Easter Half-Term Course.
Chelmsford SKC went on Tour again, this time to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, to compete at the KUGB’s prestigious 48th National Championships.
There were 22 members from Chelmsford competing plus Coaches and a large group of family/friends cheering them on.
Congratulations to Alex Lockett who won Gold in the Childrens Ippon Kumite; Mia Hillsden who won Bronze in both the Girls Kumite 10-11 and Childrens Dan Grade Kata; and Chelmsford Team A (Aya Rainer, Mia Hillsden, Teah Pope) who won Silver.
We held an Instructors Workshop for our High Grades
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We then attended the KUGB Southern Region Championships in Reading. We took a squad of 29 competitors and, somehow, a larger group of supporters than the Nationals!
Everyone performed magnificently. We brought home 24 Medals/Trophies including 9 Golds.
Mia Hillsden was awarded the ‘Tony Francis Memorial Trophy for the Most Outstanding Competitor’. Mia was exceptional as she won both her Individual Kata and Kumite Events as well as being part of the Children’s Team Kata, along with Aya and Teah, that won Gold.
The other Gold’s went to Alasdair Ward, Tom Jeffrey, Jamie Lottering, Teah Pope, Tony Brown and the Adult Team Kata (Jack, Eric and Sharky).
The busy calendar continued in July, as we traveled to Chesterfield for the KUGB Youth National Championships.
Everyone who competed did well. We came away with 2 Bronze medals and 3 Golds.
Mia Hillsden was again in excellent form winning both her Kata and Kumite Individual events and well as being part of the Children’s Team Kata, along with Aya Rainer and Teah Pope that took Gold.
The following Friday after the Southerns, we performed a Demonstration at Boswells School as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
The highlight was the Self Defence section where Eric Austin-Coskry had to fend of two assailants (Jack Hillsden and Sharky Austin-Coskry). They thought that two against one wasn't good enough so brought a (rubber) knife as well. Unfortunately, it did not end well for them, Eric was on fine form and left them both on ground defeated. Later that evening they were all back on speaking terms again when we met together socially for a ‘Club Curry’ in Moulsham Street.
To ensure that the younger members did not miss out on a Social Gathering we held our Annual Picnic in the Park at Hylands Park.
There were the usual ‘Team Games’ and fortunately, there were no injuries (the adults tend to get a little carried away in the football game, especially with the juniors running rings around them!) The weather was very warm that day and after a number of team games we settled in the shade under the trees to relax and cool down.
At the very end of July, we learnt that Mia Hillsden had been nominated as a candidate for The Essex Chronicle’s Young Sports Star of the Year’ Award. It was great that her recent achievements had been recognised by the Newspaper and everyone at CSKC were very pleased to hear the news.
August would normally see CSKC Students attend the KUGB’s Summer Residential Course in Lancaster but for a variety of reasons this year we were absent.
However, locally we ran a couple of half day Summer Courses at Dovedale Sports Centre to allow us to focus on our technical skills and Kata.
During the Summer holidays our England Squad members Eric, Sharky and Teah were training hard to prepare for the second KUGB Grand Slam of 2013. This was again in Chesterfield at the end of August and all three performed well competing at this level.
Early September, Teah Pope learnt that she had been selected to represent the KUGB England Team at the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships (WSKA) in Liverpool!We were all very excited for her.
Mid September, CSKC students were competing again at the KUGB National Shotokan Cup. Jessica Steadman was the star of the day for Chelmsford, taking Silver in the Girls Kumite (Aged 10-11).
Suddenly all eyes turned to the World Shotokan Karate Championships. Karateka from all over the World descended upon Liverpool for the Championships on the 28th/29th September. Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones were actively involved in the Social Media for WSKA and the KUGB and spent a number of days before covering the build up to the two-day event.
At the Championships, Teah Pope competed in the Female Children’s Kata for KUGB England and got through to the semi finals to be eventually ranked 5th in the World! There were a large number of CSKC members who made the trip to support her and the KUGB England Team that did so well. Congratulations also go to Holly Sterling, Jack Somers and Cristina Finta who were among the medalists for KUGB England.
In October, Pamela Pickwick, Wayne Lottering and Richard Naylor-Jones went to the KUGB Referee and Judges Course in Lichfield. Pam and Wayne participated to do some Judging and work the Control table. This was an excellent course and will help them both prepare for the examination in 2014.
Later in October, Sensei Andy Sherry was in Chelmsford again to take the final Training and Kyu Grading for 2013. The day was successful with all 40 CSKC students passing their examination. Again the course was well supported and our friends Ipswich Higashi SKC, Shin Gi Tai SKC and Sudbury SKC also had a number of students who graded.
November started with a course with Sensei Frank Brennan in Chelmsford at Anglia Ruskin University. He taught both an All Grades Class and Black and Brown Belt class. As usual, his class was very well attended with not only Chelmsford SKC members but also by KUGB members from Brighton, Canterbury, Ipswich, Stock, Stoke By Nayland, Sudbury, Harrow and Liverpool.
The last KUGB National tournament of the year was the Student Championships. Rachel Cohen, Eric and Sharky Austin-Coskry competed and also entered as a Kata Team together. Together they won the elimination round and then went on to win the Final to become KUGB National Student Team Kata Champions.
Sharky and Rachel also added to their Karate CV by passing their KUGB National Trainee Instructor Qualification.
November continued to be busy for the KUGB and Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones took a trip to Portugal to help with the European Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA) Championships and KUGB’s Social Media. They spent a week with the KUGB England Team covering the build up to the Championship and the three-day event. Congratulations go to former Chelmsford SKC students Holly Sterling, Jack Somers and Cristina Finta who were all among the medals. Special mention has to go to Jack Somers who became European Senior Male Individual Kata Champion, he also added Gold in Team Kata to confirm the KUGB England Juniors were crowned both World and European Champions in 2013.
At the end of November, the Essex Chronicle confirmed that Mia Hillsden had polled enough votes to win one of this years awards for the ‘Young Sports Star of the Year’ – her final position to be announced in January 2014.
December saw the last Black and Brown Belt Class in Bath. Connor Payne took and successfully passed his 1st Dan Black belt under Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan.
The year came to a close, with our last training session of the year on Sunday 29 December and amidst the festivities 33 students were there to train and also to catch up with each other after class
Looking back at 2013 it has been a fantastic year for everyone involved with Chelmsford SKC.
The Club has had a busy calendar locally welcoming Sensei Sherry and Sensei Brennan to our Dojo and many of our students have traveled to Black and Brown Belt courses, Residential Courses, other KUGB Dojo’s and Squads to train with the KUGB Senior Instructors. This coupled with students progressing well in their Kyu and Dan Grades, excellent performances in Championships individually, as a team and as a Club – not only the medal winners but also all those who competed, Long Standing Member Awards and Instructor Qualifications.
Whilst Sensei Sherry celebrated his 70th birthday we saw our own Chief Instructor Sensei Dot celebrate her 80th birthday. Sensei Dot presence in the Dojo is a reminder that CSKC would not be on the map had it not been for her and Sensei Charlie moving to Chelmsford 46 years ago. Everyone who has trained at CSKC this year, whether beginner or Black belt, are part of the CSKC family and our success.
2013 has certainly been an eventful and enjoyable year. Everyone can look back on the year with pride and know both the standard of behaviour and technical Karate continues to be at the highest level. 2014 is a new year and there is already a busy and exciting calendar to look forward to and to be part of…