Grand Slam - October 2019


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The Grand Slam - October 2019

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The KUGB Grand Slam is a key event in the KUGB calendar and gives the National Coaches an opportunity to assess their Squads with a view to selecting their teams for the World Championships every two years and the European Championships every year.

The next International for our Teams is the ESKA European Shotokan Karate-Do Association Championships in San Fernando, Spain in November so this tournament was important for all of those Squad members hoping for selection.  There are no trophies to be won – just the pride of representing your Country.

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The event took place at the Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield and, as with every Grand Slam, the Squads came together a couple of hours prior to the Competition to undergo a Training Session with their respective Coaches. 

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At the same time, the Referees and Judges arrived for a briefing meeting with Sensei Jimmy Brennan. A competition of this calibre can make or break a young Karateka's chance of selection and requires Officials of the highest level. Along with KUGB National Referees and Judges, there were also a large number of International Referees and Judges present along with our team of Timekeepers and Recorders.

A competition of this calibre gives our young, up and coming Squad members the opportunity to compete alongside National, European and World Champions, experience which will stand them in good stead when they themselves are selected.

Competition was fierce throughout the day with everyone wanting to do their best to impress their Coaches.

Sensei Andy Sherry, Chairman and Chief Instructor of the KUGB, was extremely pleased with the strong attitude and spirit of all of the competitors.  He was particularly pleased with his Squads who have only recently returned from a successful WSKA World Championships but he was also impressed by the ability and determination shown from the young Karateka coming through the ranks promising a very strong future for the KUGB.

Our thanks go to Dudley Wheatcroft and the members of Satori Shotokan Karate Club, the Manager and Staff at the Queen's Park Leisure Centre, our Referees and Judges, table staff and our team of Medics.


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Senior Male Team Kumite
1. England
2. Wales

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Junior Female Team Kumite
1. England
2. Wales

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Cadet Male Team Kumite
1. England
2. Wales

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Senior Male Individual Kumite
1. Joseph Rawcliffe - England
2. Ryan Tucker - England
3. Ethan Armstrong - England
3. Jonathan McGorian - England

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Senior Female Individual Kumite
1. Rhianne Rawcliffe - England
2. Rebecca Rawcliffe - England
3. Yasmin Geddis - Northern Ireland
3. Caroline McGrath - England

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Male Senior Individual Kata
1. Jack Somers - England
2. Alex Cockx - England
3. Marcus Ingham - England
4. Dylan Gibson - England

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Senior Female Individual Kata
1. Thea Priest - England
2. Rachel Edwards - Wales
3. Jess Palmer - Wales
4. Laura Smith - England

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Male Junior Kumite 18-20
1. Callum Wilson - England
2. Tushan Joseph - England
3. Aidan McLean - England
3. Nathan Brady - England

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Male Junior Kumite 16-17
1. Luciano Zanuni - England
2. Jade Stapleton-Smith - England
3. Niall Gilligan - England
3. Sam Holbrook - England

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Junior Female Kumite 16-20
1. Katherine Cheshire - England
2. Thea Priest - England
3. Emily Kahl - Wales
3. Libby Bayley - England

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Male Kata Under 18
1. Sam Holbrook - England
2. Tom Dale - England
3. Tomas Moya - Wales
4. James Eva - England

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Female Kata Under 18 
1. Mia Hillsden - England
2. Bethany Nelson - Wales
3. Cerys Eva - England
4. Charlotte Dale - England

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Cadet Male Kumite 13-15
1. Bradley Barker - England
2. Michael Molloy - England
3. Jake Chin - England
3. Lewis Robinson-Burns - England

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Cadet Female Kumite 13-15
1. Miranda Moualeu - England
2. Lois Shaw - England
3. Charlotte Dale - England
3. Christina Furtuna - England

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