On Saturday 15th September we took a select squad of 14 competitors to the KUGB Shotokan Cup Championships at the Queens Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield. This competition is the National Individual Championships and is seen by many as a warm up event for the European Championships later this year. This year the event attracted over 300 entries.

Our Squad made up of a mix of juniors and children competing in 11 out of the 20 categories and was as follows:

Juniors; Fraser Grice (2nd Dan), Jason Crowther (2nd Dan), Sammi King (2nd Dan) and Dean Sparrow (1st Kyu)

Boys; Joseph Lines (1st Dan), Thomas Crowther (1st Dan), James McNichol (1st Dan), Liam Hampton (1st Kyu) Cameron Pringle (1st Kyu), Cei Reynolds (1st Kyu) and Kade Reynolds (1st Kyu)

Girls; Cayleigh McCartney (1st Dan) Emily Drysdale (1st Dan) and Carly Pringle (1st Kyu)

This year saw the absence of Ryan Stead due to his mum booking his 18th birthday party the night before and no-one wanting to run the risk of taking him in their car afterwards! The squad was again well supported by the ever present it seems, loud contingent of family and friends in the audience and by Senseis Simon Crowther, Jayne Drysdale, Jane Crowther and Chris Grice acting as club coaches on the day. Rob McCartney once again was there in an official capacity as one of the referees.

Quite a few of the squad have moved up a category from the last time due to either age or height but either way it was quite a daunting prospect for some of them. That said I don’t recall anyone going out in the first round and most again getting to the third round or quarter finals. There were a few medals again for our upcoming stars but unfortunately the top spot on the podium managed to avoid them yet again. Results as follows:




Sammi King

Girls Kumite (5’3” & above)


Sammi King

Girls Kata

Semi Finalist

James McNichol

10-11 yrs Boys Kumite


Fraser Grice

Male Junior Kumite (16 & 17 yrs)


Jason Crowther

Male Junior Kumite (16 & 17 yrs)

Semi Finalist


Highlight of the day apart from our medal winners was: Liam Hampton, who repeatedly kept punching his opponent in the head every time he attacked but his form was not deemed a “proper karate technique” so was unable to score – never mind Liam we will tidy that up for next time and if you keep that timing and focus you will soon be medaling with the others.

We now have a very busy time coming up with a Black & Brown Belt course and Black belt grading next week, the Karate England Competition in Loughborough the following weekend, a “Special Dan Grade Course at the start of October and the Northern region Championships at the end of October !

Sammi gritting her teeth.....

Shotokan Cup 1

James trying to eat his medal..........

Shotokan Cup 2

...........and again!!

Shotokan Cup 3


Back to Top