Well 2017 saw the Club celebrating it's 50th Anniversary and another great year in Chelmsford Karate Club’s long history. The year flew by and was filled with a lot of activities and events including successful Kyu Gradings, outstanding performances at Dan Gradings, Essex Sports Awards, visiting Dignitaries, visiting Instructors, TV camera crews, Championship successes, England call ups, a World Title all mixed in with some fun and much, much more.
Lets have a look back at some of the highlights.....
The year started out with KUGB England Squad Selection.
The Club sent five people for selection and all five were selected – well done to (from left to right) Emma Burke, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Jessica Steadman, and Megan Naylor-Jones!
The Club held a 'Time to Talk' event in support of the national campaign to get the Country talking about Mental Health.
We were very honoured to have, as our special guest, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes. Presentations were made to Sensei Jane to celebrate the club’s 50th year and to Caitlin Glover for her Virtual Reality invention to help children with Dyslexia.
Five members attended Central Kata Squad selection and all five were selected - well done to Lisa Ironman, Richard Kheder, Megan Naylor-Jones, Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones and Jessica Steadman.
Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones successfully became an All Together Ambassador for Active Essex.
The Club held a Training session and successful Kyu Grading with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) - well done to everyone who passed!
The Club also held a successful Tigers and Special Half Term Course.
Wayne Lottering was invited to Judge at the Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match.
Sensei Jane and Richard attended the Mayor’s Community Dinner at Hylands Park.
KUGB International Grand Slam took place in Chesterfield with five of our students representing KUGB England.
The Club held a Kyu Grading and Bunkai class with Sensei Bob Rhodes (8th Dan).
Sensei Richard was invited to teach Self Defence and Personal Safety to Myriad Genetics and also to students at Coventry University.
Sensei Richard was featured in a blog by the English federation of Disability Sport on their website and Social media.
Sensei Richard and Young Leader Megan Naylor-Jones taught the Girl Guides Self Defence and Personal Safety
At the KUGB Grading in Abingdon Serdar Rifat passed his Black Belt with both Romilly Pope and Wilson Tang passing their Second Dan Black Belts.
Sensei Richard attended the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation 2nd Anniversary at the Olympic Aquatic Centre.
Gold a-plenty at the KUGB Southern Region Championships in Reading!
Medallists Emma Burke, Kelly Hodkinson, Lisa Ironman, Megan Naylor-Jones, Mia Hillsden, Alexander Lockett, Wilson Tang, Lauren Jenkins, Matthew Tootill, Mandy Pugh, Rachel Cohen, Elaine Ellis, Patricia Roza, Matthew Gilbert, Callum Tootill, Lee McLeod, Jamie Lottering, Tom Jeffery, Rosie Caddy, Romilly Pope, Jessica Steadman, Nick Nelson, Jack Brinded, Alicia Willis and Beth Gilbert!
Special mention goes to Mia Hillsden who was awarded the Most Outstanding Junior Competitor (three Golds out of a possible three!)
Fifteen members plus their families attended the Spring Karate Kata Course, where after a week of training towards it, both Jessica Steadman and Alexander Lockett passed their Second Dan Black Belts.
At the KUGB's Special Dan Course and Grading Kelly Hodkinson took and passed her Third Dan Black Belt - one of only two people who were successful at this level.
Sensei Richard was awarded Disability Ambassador of the Month by Active Essex.
The club held a Special Course with Sensei Brennan (8th Dan).
Megan Naylor-Jones was appointed as a Sports Ambassador for Chelmsford for the second year running.
At the KUGB British National Championships – Medallists included Children's Team Kata - Alexander Lockett, Mia Hillsden and Wilson Tang. Ladies Team Kumite - Emma Burke, Kelly Hodkinson, Lisa Ironman, Megan Naylor-Jones, Individual Kumite - Alexander Lockett and Individual Kata Mia Hillsden. Plus Jamie Lottering who was in the Special demonstration for a second year running alongside Jack Somers who won Gold in the Senior Kata.
The Club held it's annual Mum’s Train Free for Mother’s Day and this session was very well attended.
KUGB Chelmsford became a ‘Fitness in Mind UK Club’ in recognition of the great work we are doing to help people with disabilities get active in Karate.
The Club held it's second Masterclass and Kyu Grading with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) of the year - well done to everyone who passed!
In the spirit of equality, we also held a Father’s Train free for Father’s Day session.
At the KUGB British Youth Championships – Mia Hillsden became British Grand Champion winning both her Kata and Kumite events. Alexander Lockett and Wilson Tang also reached the finals to win medals.
Jack Brinded passed his Black Belt at the KUGB Grading in Bath.
The Club's 'Hyland Games' saw a hot day with lots of fun, games and also water fights! (Seriously, who gave some of these kids water guns?)
The Club held a second Kyu Grading and Bunkai class with Sensei Bob Rhodes (8th Dan)
The second KUGB International Grand Slam took place in Chesterfield with four of our students representing KUGB England.
Four Members of our Club attended the Karate Summer School at Lancaster - Sensei Richard, Richard Kheder, Aya Rainer and Megan Naylor-Jones.
Mia Hillsden was selected for the first time to represent KUGB England internationally at the WSKA World Championships in Treviso, Italy in September. She joined Jack Somers on the Squad list that was selected. Well done Mia and Jack.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Club were invited to take part in Essex County Council's 'Vision of the Future' Film. They came to the Dojo and filmed us training - with a number of our students featuring in the published version! Well done!
The Club were also out in the community with Sensei Richard, Megan Naylor-Jones and Aya Rainer teaching a series of Karate Taster sessions with Sport for Confidence, Mencap Chelmsford and Mencap Braintree.
The Club ran an Anti-Bullying Course for both members and their friends.
At the KUGB British Shotokan Cup in Chesterfield the Club had an outstanding Day– Mia Hillsden was once again crowned Grand Champion, Alexander Lockett won Gold in Kumite and Jamie Lottering came third in Kata. Furthermore, Jack Somers won the Male Kata and the Shotokan Cup!
Elaine Ellis and Mandy Pugh passed their KUGB National Instructors Qualifications to join an elite team of Senior Black Belts that teach at the Chelmsford Club.
At the WSKA World Championships – Mia Hillsden was outstanding in the Kata to become World Champion! Jack Somers also performed exceptionally well to take third in the Male Senior Kata. Their medals helped KUGB England top the World Championship Table!
Mia Hillsden was interviewed by BBC Essex following her Gold at the World Championships.
The Club held it's third annual Training session and Kyu Grading with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) - well done to everyone who passed.
The Club held a Free training Course raising funds for MIND as part of World Mental Health Day.
Sensei Jane and Sensei Richard attended Keds Head Office in London to teach a Self Defence & Personal Safety Course for Ladies. As a result the Club were very pleased to be provided with Sponsorship to deliver a number of courses locally. As part of the process we got some of our young ladies from the club to get involved in a photo shoot to help promote the courses.
At the KUGB British National Student Championships – another British title! – Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Melvyn Tang win Gold in the Team Kata, Melvyn was also placed in the Individual Kata and Melvyn and Jamie came Joint third in the Team Kumite.
At the Shotokan Tigers Competition in South Woodham Ferrers - a competition for our Under 16's the Club were outstanding to win 3 Gold Titles, 3 Silvers, 8 Bronze medals. Thank you to Councillor Bob Massey from Essex County Council who attended as our Special Guest.
We hosted a second Special Course with Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) and were joined form our friends from Italy who had made the journey specially to train with him.
Alexander Lockett visited Oakland Infant School to talk about Karate as part of their studies on the letter ‘K’.
Mia Hillsden and Jack Somers represent KUGB England at the ESKA European Championships. Jack won a silver medal as part of the Male Team Kata.
Sensei Richard was honoured at the Pride of Essex Awards and “Highly commended".
The Club gained three more Black Belts in 2017 when, left to right, Lucy Davy, Lauren Jenkins and Nick Nelson passed their Shodan at the KUGB B&B course in Egham, Surrey.
At the Active Essex Awards Mia Hillsden won the Young Sports Personality of the Year and Sensei Richard was an Ambassador of the Year.
Sensei Richard was featured by the English Federation of Disability Sports in the Me Being Active films. You can watch his short film by visiting their website.
The annual Christmas Party was held where there was lots of fun, games, food and of course our 'Chelmsford's Got Talent' show.
Sensei Richard attended the APPG for Sport Meeting in Parliament to help raise awareness of the positive benefits of sport for good mental health.
Well we have had a fantastic year and I would like to thank everyone involved with the Club our students, our team of instructors, parents, friends and family. We have given you just a snapshot of our year. You can go back through our website news to read more and also previous years to see some of our history.
Of course when you look back at the year it gets you excited about the future and we are looking forward to another busy and and exciting year in 2018. We hope that you will join us!