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44th European Championships Sofia Bulgaria 14-19 February 2017

The below are reports and results posted from Bulgaria.

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Final Report

What a great start to 2017! 9 athletes gained an official placing, five 7th placings, two 5th placings and 2 athletes medalling, Lauren Fretwell Bronze Female Junior Kata Medallist and Joe Kellaway Bronze male U21 medallist.

A big congratulations to the new national coaches Paul Newby, Davin Pack and Aimee Sell. Thanks as always to David Inman who looked after the squads medical needs and to our chaperone Tracy Easton for all her help with the squad. Finally thank you to Blitz for sponsoring the National Squad and to all the parents, friends and club coaches who came to support the National Squad at these championships.

Sunday 19/2/17 – Final Day of Competition

Report by Paul Newby

Emelye O’Brien U21 -68 kg

Emelye had Croatia in the first round. The Croatian fighter had a hight advantage over Emelye and Emelye lost a bit of discipline and charged in. Emelye was caught with a timed Jodan kick and with the senshu rule Emelye needed four four points which was a big task . The Croatian fighter lost in the semi final so there was no repechage for Emelye.

Joe ( sugarfoot ) Kellaway U21 -75kg

Round 1 Ukraine

Joe eased through the first fight 4-0 showing that he was here to contend the title.

Round 2 Scotland

Kellaway established his body mawash early in the fight also showing good hand speed going through 3.0 .

Round 3 Croatia

Kellaway for the first time lost senshu but, he came straight back with his body mawash, then finishing the match off with a head kick to win 6.-1

Round 4 Greece

Kellaway scored his body mawash early and held on to the win with great movement to win 2.0

Semi final- Italy

Kellaway went down 2-0 and worked hard against the slippery Italian and with 4 seconds to go landed a head kick receiving 1 flag not the 2 that was needed. It wasn’t supposed to be and Kellaway lost 2-0

Bronze medal match-Austria

Kellaway again hits the body mawash with nerves and pressure Kellaway is letting the Austrian back in letting him level the match but, Kellaway had senshu so he could afford to draw, but, in the dying seconds he pulls out a Jodan punch to take the lead and win the bout. A fantastic fight and great achievement congratulations to Joe ( Sugarfoot ) Kellaway U21 -75kg European Bronze medallist



Report by Davin Pack

Rebecca Boakes U21 +68kg

1st 1-4 Denmark

This was Rebecca’s first Europeans, she shows potential but just needs to gain some more experience and believe in her ability, she came up short in the 1st round against Denmark losing 4-1

Bleu Parris U21 -67kg

1st 6-0 Germany

At great start to Bleu’s European championships with a comfortable 6-0 win over Germany, all his points were singles showing his hunger to perform at this level.

2nd 5-0 Israel

This was much the same, with another great fight, the guy from Iceland couldn’t cope with Bleu’s flurry of technique and his speed . This round was a lot more closer with Armenia, Beu fell behind 0-2 , not giving up and showing great passion and determination he forced the fighter to take his 4th category 2 warning. therefore winning the match Semi-final 0-8.

France Semifinal was a lot to ask of Bleu, Dacosta of France is the current Senior European champion and World bronze medalist! The start was very close with Bleu showing a mature performance. Once Bleu lost the point Decosta was in the driving seat and used all his experience and skill to pick Bleu off, finally wrapping the match up with a Jordan kick.

Repechage 1-4 Croatia

After the disappointment of losing a place in the final, Bleu had to pick himself up for the bronze match against Croatia, with 100% commitment to everything he did just wasn’t enough to take the bronze medal!

Bleu only 18 years old still has 2 more Europeans and a worlds in the U21 category , no doubt he will get the medal he deserves. He must hold his head high for his fantastic performance throughout the day showing all the attributes of a champion just fall short, Bleu did England proud!

Saturday 18/2/17

Report by Paul Newby

David Lister -68kg Junior

This was David’s first time representing England and he came out confident and beat Azerbaijan 1-0 frustrating his opponent all the all the way through with great tactics.

2nd round David once again frustrated his Portuguese opponent winning by senshu and holding on to the win.

3rd round David had a nip and tuck fight against the Serbian fighter and lost in the dying seconds.

Serbia got to the final.so David was back in repechage

1st Round Repechage David again took it to the dying seconds and just lost out to Denmark . A credible first outing representing England for David -7th place

Chloe Lydon – 48kg Junior female

Chloe was caught early with a Jodan ura mawashi Geri which put her under too much pressure with her already needing 4points to win therefore going out first round to Scotland . I’m sure the pocket rocket will be back better than ever.

Brandon Carr +76kg Junior male

Brandon won his first fight against Estonia 4-0 on his England debut.

2nd round was against France. A body kick from Brandon was timed by the Frenchman’s Gyaku Zuki senshu to France. Inexperience for Brandon lost him the bout but, watching from the side lines the Frenchmen then stormed his way to the final. Brandon was then back in repechage.



Reperchage 1st round England v Denmark Brandon got back in gear and won the match progressing to a tough match against Turkey

Repechaege 2nd round. England v Turkey

Brandon and the Turk both initiated attacks throughout the match but the match ended on Brandon losing on flags. A good debut for the big lad still another go in this section next year and finishing 7th place is a great effort.



Saturday 18/2/17

Mixed emotions today for our Junior fighters but they certainly kept the coaches busy! The squad had four 7th placing’s today.

Report by Davin Pack

Georgina Lawson Junior-59kg 1st 0-9 Greece

Georgina unfortunately didn’t get the day off to the start she wanted, losing by being caught with 3 head kicks from her opponent from Greece, who went on to lose in the quarterfinals .

Mitchell Thorpe Junior-76kg

A comfortable first round win against Ireland, winning 8-0 as Ireland got disqualified by 4 cat 2.

2nd round 1-0 Austria

A closer fight 2nd round with a very composed performance winning the fight 1-0 against Austria showing not only great passion but, also maturity.

3rd round 2-3 Slovakia Quarter finals

Again was close, this time losing out to the eventual gold medalist from Slovakia 2-3 Mitchell fought his heart out leaving everything on the mat. A Very close fight down to the wire he just didn’t get the result he deserved today !

Repechage 2-2 Georgia

After picking himself back from the disappointment of losing, Mitchell was very unlucky in the repechage against Georgia pulling the fight back to a draw 2-2 but, unfortunately, the Georgian had scored the first point ( senshu) therefore won the match ! A fantastic performance which he should be proud off 7th place !

Jade Attfield Junior +59kg 1st round 1-0 Italy

Jade showed great ring craft and composure to hold on to her 1-0 lead to take victory over Italy in her 1st round, at her first European championships.

2nd 0-2 Hungary

Unfortunately in the 2nd round Jade fell just short losing to Hungary but, a solid performance . Hungary went on to reach the final bring back Jade to fight off for bronze.

Repechage 1-0 Israel

Yet another composed performance she held on to a one point lead to beat her opponent from Israel 1-0 Jades defence and movement really working well .

Repechage Slovenia

Jade was controlling the fight with her 1-0 lead yet again comfortably until the last 15 seconds when she took a jogi with 12 seconds still on the clock. In the last second of the fight she defended with a kick, fell, and her foot went out of the area resulting in her losing the match and denying her the chance to fight for the bronze medal! A small mistake at this level can shatter dreams !

A great performance from Jade at her first Europeans who will hopefully take the heartache and came back more determined for the Worlds!

Friday 17/2/17

Wow what a day today has been for our kata squad and cadet fighters. The squad won a bronze medal in the 16-17 female kata event Congratulations Lauren Fretwell and two 5th places one by Natalie Payne 18-20 yrs female kata and another 5th place by Sadie Stoner 14-15yrs female kata. Congratulations to both girls.



Report on Kata by Aimee Sell

In the male 14-15 Kata, Eoin won his first round 5-0 against Bulgaria with Anan taking out his opponents Chatanyara Kushanku. A very good achievement to win against the home nation.

Unfortunately Eoin lost in the second round 5-0 to Hungary performing Nipaipo against Hungary Gojushiho.

In the male 16-17 kata, Luke came up against Poland first round, after a brilliant Unsu, Luke lost out 5-0 against Polands Gojushiho.

The 18-20 male kata saw Jordan’s first outing as an U21 against France. Jordan performed a good Kankusho against a well known competitor from France but lost out 4-1.

Sadie was in the 14-15 Female kata. In the first round Sadie drew the home nation Bulgaria. Sadie performed a very confident Pappuren against Bulgarias Kurunfa and won a clear 5-0 victory.

The second round, Sadie came up against France and unfortunately Sadie’s Chatanyara lost out to Frances Gankaku 0-5 who eventually ended up in the final meaning Sadie had repechage.

The first round of rep recharge Sadie faced Romania, Sadie took the win 5-0 with a strong Anan against Romanias Gojushiho.

The repechage semi final saw Sadie against a tough opponent from Sweden. Sadie matched her opponents Suparinpei and came out on top 3-2.

The final of repechage Sadie faced Slovakia. Sadie performed a brilliant Paiku against Slovakis Nipaipo however, unfortunately Sadie lost 3-2 in a very close match. Well done to Sadie for placing 5th in her first England outing at a European Championships!

In the 18-20 Female kata, Natalie’s first round saw her face an opponent from Croatia. Natalie performed Pappuren and powered through to win 5-0. Natalie then drew Sweden in the second round, and executed a good Chatanyara Kushanku against Swedens Anan and took the win 4-1. In the third round Natalie faced Slovakia a former European champion, with Natalie performing Anan against Slovakias Suprinpei Natalie won 3-2 putting her in the semi final. Natalie chose to do Paiku against a strong kankusho performed by her Serbian opponent, unfortunately Natalie lost 5-0. After a short break Natalie was straight up again this time going for a bronze medal. A good performance by Natalie but Greece’s Nipaipo just took the win against Natalie’s Suparinpei 4-1 meaning another 5th place for England.

Well done Natalie

In the 16-17 Female kata Laurens first round was against Ukraine, although nervous Lauren controlled the nerve and performed a confident Chatanyara Kushanku against Ukraines Gojushio and won 4-1.

Lauren stormed through her second round, winning 5-0 against the home nation with Suparinpei taking out Bulgarias Gojushiho.

The third round Lauren was against Slovakia. Lauren performed a very good Annan however, she lost 5-0 to Slovakia’s Chatanyara Kushanku. Lauren and myself were both confident that Slovakia was going to make the final and started preparing for repechage and we were right.

Lauren was straight into the Rep semi final. She faced a very strong opponent from Bosnia who was performing a top kata Unsu. Lauren rose to the occasion and performed a brilliant Pappuren and took the win 5-0.

Now on a roll, Lauren was into the bronze medal match facing Russia who was performing Gankaku, another top kata. Lauren, Aka, performed a confident and fantastic kosokun sho. The flags went up 3-2 to Lauren… Our new EUROPEAN BRONZE MEDALLIST!

Overall a good day for English kata.

Three medal Finals, out of six possible medals, two 5th places and one Bronze medal!

One more thing to add, the squad all supported each other, no matter what their own results were, right from the moment they started warming up until the last performance had finished, showing true team spirit. Well done ENGLAND!


The cadet fighters were on today too with Jed Thompson Charlotte Hope, Lauren Salisbury, James Francis and Yasin Ahmad. For Lauren, James and Yasin this was their first time representing England. Some tough fights but everyone fought with spirit.

Report on kumite by Paul Newby

Yasin Ahmed – At his first EKF Junior Europeans Yasin was nervous but he came out firing against Portugal. Unfortunately his nerves drained his cardio and he began to clinch with only ten seconds to go he was disqualified. Portugal then lost out in the semi final so no repocharge for Yasin. A Lesson hard learnt.

Lauren Salisbury – This too was Laurens first EKF Junior Europeans she was calm when she came up against the Belgium and was caught early Lauren fought back hard and was tagged with a Jodan kick but then ran out of time.

Lauren watched nervously as Belgium fought through the final giving her a second chance in the repocharge .

1st fight Lauren got into her rhythm and beat Sweden 7-0 scoring a nice spinning kick in the end.

2nd fight Lauren was confident and went up 2-0 to Slovakia but, the Slovak came back 2-2, Lauren still had senshu and again Lauren pulled the spinning kick but, was awarded contact. Full of confidence Lauren reacted to an attack and came 2nd . So a 3-2 win to Slovakia. A great performance and lots learnt.but a respectful 7th place on her first outing.





Report by Davin Pack

Jed Thompson cadet – 52kg 1st round 0-2 Cyprus

Jed came up against Cyprus in the first round, itwas a close fight until he was caught with a body kick and he then had to chase it but, was unable to pull it back.

Jed seemed to struggle to deal with his nerves at this level which affected his performance . Jed didn’t fulfill his potential and just fell short of the mark this time,

James Francis cadet +70kg -1st round 1-0 Wales

Competing at his first Europeans James had a solid performance in his first round winning 1-0 against Wales.

2nd round 0-6 Croatia

In the 2nd round James came up against the current European silver medallist and was out classed being picked off with 6 single points. James has seen the standard now and it’s up to him to go away, develop and came back ready to compete at this level next time.

Charlotte hope Cadet -54kg – 1st round 1-1 Hun

Charlotte gave a great performance in her first round only losing on the new rule senshu. Charlotte had to wait nervously as the girl from Hungary went though the rounds to reach the final bring Charlotte back into repocharge

Repo1st 1-0 Sweden

First round of repocharge yet another solid performance with great work rate

Repo 2nd 0-0 Russia

The 2nd round against Russia came very close with a few head kicks but only getting 1 flag so didn’t score. Again her heart ,commitment and work rate was awesome taking the fight comfortably 5-0 on flags

Repo 3rd 1-2 Norway

3rd round was a very close Contest with Charlotte battling to the end but unable to pull the fight back .Her performance was outstanding, she could not of done any more and it just didn’t happen for her today, She can hold her head up high as she did herself and country proud.




Thursday 16/2/17

After breakfast the squad all met at 9.45am for the short trip to the arena. The Bulgarian Federation had organised 2 hour training slots for all the countries.

The squad started at 10 on 2 areas and were split in to 3 groups with each coach taking a group.

All the fighters were on one mat with kata on another. The fighters were taken through some drills and techniques and the kata went through their katas breaking them down and doing sections of kata.

There is a real feel good factor with these athletes, you can see they are working very hard and interacting with the coachs/staff and each other in a very positive manner.

The Registrations have now been completed and the squad now have some down time before they go to dinner.

Don’t forget you can follow all the action via the sportdata RSS feed and hopefully on on Facebook.



Wednesday 15/2/17

The Junior squad have arrived safely and have settled in to the hotel. We have seen the national teams from France, Croatia, Malta, Czech so far who are also staying at the HQ hotel.

The kata squad did some light kata preparation late in the afternoon then squad met up at 7pm for dinner.

Tomorrow both kata and kumite will have a 2 hour training session at the stadium whilst registrations are taking place at the HQ hotel. These championships will be the largest to date with 1200 hundred athletes from 50 countries taking part its going to be an exciting championships!




Junior European Championships – Bulgaria

The squad held their final training session at the weekend with Davin Pack and Paul Newby taking the kumite training and Aimee Sell taking the kata training. There has been lots of changes recently and the squad has coped well with them.

Its an early start of the squad tomorrow meeting up at 5am at Heathrow. We will hopefully be able to bring you updates via this page and the EKF Facebook page.


Good luck to all the athletes, staff and referees and officials attending these championships.






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