British Four Nations Championships - 17th May 2014
Aimee Sell becomes Senior and U21yrs Kata Champion
Friday morning saw Aimee set off for Glasgow in preparation for the BKF British Four Nations Championships, where the best from the home nations come together showing the strength of British Karate in both Kata and Kumite. Once again the competition was being held at the Emirates Arena, host arena for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. This was in fact the last competition the arena was hosting before the Commonwealth games making these championships even more prestigious and high profile.
Aimee had travelled up to Glasgow with her teammate, Melissa Williamson, by train in the morning arriving in Glasgow late afternoon following an uneventful 5 hour journey. They were soon in their hotel to settle in and unpack before heading out into Glasgow City Centre for an evening meal.
Aimee had not competed in last year's BKF Four Nations as she was in the middle of her exams, obviously giving them precedence back then. Now however, Aimee was exam free, free to concentrate solely on her Karate career and this competition and looking to making up for her absence last year.
Aimee, now 18 years old, was competing in two events, the Female U21yrs Kata and Female Senior Kata events. There was little time for any of the competitors to warm up before the competition started, only opening the doors to the arena at 8:30 and promptly start at 9:00 with her first event, the U21yrs Kata.
Female U21yrs Kata
There was a small entry of just four in this category meaning just one round to perform to reach the final. Aimee had been drawn against her friend and England teammate in her first round which meant only one would make the final. Aimee's opponent performed Suparinpai whilst Aimee decided to perform Chatanyara Kushanku. The judges voted 5 flags to 0 in Aimee's favour.
The finals were held on the center tatami area which was being live streamed for the interested Karate audience. Aimee's final opponent was from Yanagi-Kai and she performed Chatanyara Kushanku Kata. Aimee followed performing Annan Kata and secured her first medal of the day with a 5 flags to 0 win to take the U21yrs title.
Female Senior Kata
With very little break, Aimee was back in action competing in the Female Senior Kata event. Aimee's first round saw her perform Annan Kata against her Scottish opponent also performing Annan Kata. All three judges on this mat voted Aimee's way giving her a 3-0 win.
The 2nd round saw Aimee perform Nipaipo Kata once again a Scottish opponent. This time her opponent's Kata was Unsu but the score line remained the same with Aimee securing another 3 flags to 0 win.
The semi-final pitted Aimee against her opponent from Ashindo-Kai. Aimee Performed Suparinpai with her opponent performing Chatanyara Kushanku. Once again it was a clean sweep of flags for Aimee winning 3 flags to 0.
The final was held on the center tatami once again and Aimee faced her England teammate from the U21yrs category once more, this time in the final. Aimee performed Chatanyara Kushanku with her opponent performing Suparinpai, a repeat of the U21yrs semi-final. This time a closer score-line with Aimee winning 3 flags to 2 which was enough to take the Senior British Kata title.
With this win, Aimee has now won 8 British National Kata titles, 7 individual and 1 team. Aimee has now become champion in every age group from the 10-11 years through to the Seniors.