The English Karate Federation Kyu Grade Championships
25th January 2015
Once again The Hull & East Riding Karate Squad did the region proud with some truly outstanding performances at the 2015 English Kyu Grade National Karate Championships which were held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
Ellie May Hume
12 year old Malet Lambert Schoolgirl Ellie-May Hume was one of the stars of the Championships and she confirmed her place at being one of the top karate kids in the Country after winning 3 English Titles at the prestigious event, plus a Bronze medal for Individual fighting.
Ellie-May’s first English Title came in the Individual KATA Event where she was up against 20 of England’s best KATA Exponents. However Ellie-May totally outclassed them all to make it to the Final where she found herself up against her friend and Hull & East Riding Karate Academy team mate, 13 year old Lucy Dalton. Both girls performed excellent KATA’s but it was Ellie-May who took the Gold medal with Lucy winning a very well earned Silver medal.
Lucy Dalton, Mia Bower & Ellie May Hume
In the next event the two girls then joined forces with team mate Mia Bower to compete in the Team KATA event, this is a very specialised and difficult discipline where timing, speed and power all have to be delivered with perfect synchronicity and with 16 of England’s best KATA Teams competing for the title it was never going to be easy. But once again The Hull & East Riding Team beat them all ease and came out Champions of England after winning yet another Gold Medal.
Lucy Dalton, Ellie May Hume & Ellie Porter
Ellie-May’s third English Title came in the Team Fighting event, when along with team mates Ellie Porter and Lucy Dalton they managed to fight their way to the final, where they faced a very strong London team, but with some fantastic explosive head kicking from Ellie Porter to win the final fight, the Hull Team were crowned English Champions.
Disabled Athlete, Aboudi Neema was another Hull & East Riding Squad Member to win an English Title when he won the Gold Medal for Individual KATA, this is the third time the 16 year old Sirius Academy pupil has won the English Title for Disabled KATA, again making him one of the top disabled athletes in the Country. Aboudi also showed that he doesn’t let his disability stand in his way by competing in the team fighting where he was to also win a bronze medal.
Back row: Mia Bower, Lucy Dalton, Emma Waudby, Ellie May Hume, Ellie Porter
Front row: Leo Hume, Kai Carney, Freddie Knopp, George Breeze, Josh Shimmon
Other Hull & East Riding Squad Members who won medals at the English Championships were 8yr olds Leo Hume, Freddie Knopp and George Breeze who won the Bronze medal for the under 10 years Team KATA and 14 Year old Emma Waudby who won the Bronze medal in Team Fighting.
Squad Coach Wayne Clarke said “The full squad have performed beyond my wildest dreams. Some of the performances where truly outstanding for this level of competition, especially Ellie-May Hume winning 3 English Titles in 1 day, I think this is the first time it has ever been achieved in English Karate”.
Sensei Wayne Clarke