National U21 Kata Coach
Aimee Sell, 2nd Dan
I started my Karate training at the age of six in 2002 at Shuhari Kai Karate Club, under Sensei Richard Burridge, a traditional Wado Ryu club, and I graded Black Belt in May 2007.
I started to compete in Karate tournaments at the age of seven. Initially competing in both Kumite and Kata events, however, I was soon forced out of the Kumite scene due to an injury leaving me with 75% vision in my right eye. It was then that I decided to concentrate on kata. When I was 9 years old I started having private kata training with Jonathan Mottram and eventually joined his club Barking Ishinryu in 2008, part of Sensei Ticky Donovan O.B.E.'s association Ishinryu.
In 2016 I reached my 2nd Dan Black belt in Wado Ryu under Sensei Richard Burridge and then went on to open my own karate club AS Karate Academy in 2016.
I’ve trained with many great instructors and world champions in England and all over the world including, Richard Burridge, Jonathan Mottram, Ticky Donovan OBE, Dave Hazard, Wayne Otto OBE, Leon Walters, Luca Valdesi, Antonio Diaz, Rika Usami, Yoshimi Innoue, Tatso Suzuki and Sensei Sakagami, Hoang Nguyen and Fran Salazar which has given me a vast knowledge of karate and aided me in developing my own kata for competition. This has also allowed me to have the understanding to be able to compete in Shito ryu, Shotokan and Goju Ryu.
I won my first medal at the English Championships in 2005 which was silver and now hold 13 English Kata Titles 10 Individual kata titles and 3 Team Kata titles. I also have 13 British kata titles, 11 Individual kata titles and 2 Team Kata titles, and hold many International titles.
I first selected for England in 2009, and have been representing England consistently ever since. I won my first European Bronze Medal at my first Junior European Championships in 2010, the team made history by being the first female kata team in the EKF to medal. I won my first individual Kata medal in the 14 – 15 years category in 2011 making the final and taking Silver, once again making history by being the youngest person to make a kata Final in England ever. In 2013, Konya, I made the final in both individual 16-17 and team kata picking up another two European Silver medals, breaking the record once again to be the only English Female in the EKF to do so.
In 2013 I went to the Junior World Championships in Spain where I won a bronze medal, once again, making history to be the youngest person to win a World medal in England. My last medal to date is 2015 at the Junior Europeans in U21 Category where I won a bronze medal.
I have represented England 16 times at Junior and Senior Level with my first senior outing at the World Championships in 2014, Bremen, where I placed 7th just missing out on competing for a bronze medal.
I now have 5 European medals and 1 World medal, medalling at every level, Cadet, Junior and U21 years making me the only person in English kata to do so, also making me the most decorated female kata competitor in England.
I started assisting Jonathan Mottram on seminars in 2013, and along with my kata success, this led on to me teaching seminars all over the country from Newcastle to Essex, and abroad including Sweden, Spain, Wales and Poland.
I have coached many students to English and British Champions, in a wide range of categories from U13 to junior level. I have also successfully coached students onto the England kata squad.
I was appointed National Youth Kata Coach for England in 2016, bringing my experience of competing and coaching to England at a national level.
My mottos are:
‘Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.’
‘Effort equals achievement.’