Posted 2nd February 2012
Kata Squad 2011 Report - National Kata Coach, Jonathan Mottram
2011 was a great year for English Kata from squad trainings to the highest level of competition.
There were several squad traininigs throughout the year and these took place at various different locations in England.
I am happy to say that this year has been the highest level of attendance so far with an average of forty people per session.
When I first started assisting with the England Kata Squad there were just twelve people per session so it is really good to see how much the squad has grown over the years.
We have athletes attending from all different associations and styles and it is great to see everyone coming together to enhance their skills and try to achieve their aim to become a top Kata practitioner.
Everybody who attended the Kata squads has worked very hard and it is good to see the hard work paid off in some of the outstanding achievements for this year.
All this has culminated in an England Kata “A” Squad being formed and I hope to see them continue their success in 2012.
This year saw a fantastic development in squad training and this showed what can be achieved by working together. Myself as National Kata Coach, Dale Gamble as Chief Referee along with other referees watched squad members perform Kata and then worked together to analyse and give feedback on the way Competition Kata is performed, what referees look for and tips on what to look for. This enabled Dale and I to give feedback to the squad and so aid their development and enhance their performance.
This year saw a fantastic development in squad training and showed what can be achieved by working together.
Myself as National Kata Coach, Dale Gamble as Chief Referee along with other referees watched squad members perform Kata and then worked together to analyse and give feedback on the way Competition Kata is performed, what referees look for and tips on what to look for. This enabled Dale and I to give feedback to the squad and so aid their development and enhance their performance.
2011 was the most successful year for England Kata with history being made twice.
All Kata athletes worked very hard and achieved many outstanding competition results both home and abroad.
It is good to see so many athletes travelling around the UK taking part in many competitions. It is also good to see athletes taking part in competitions on the international circuit.
There were more International Kata Medals won this year than any other, in fact they are too numerous to mention. So a massive well done to everyone who put so much time and effort in and achieved so much.
The two biggest Competitions of the year were the European and World Championships and history was made at both these competitions.
Aimee Sell achieved a Silver Medal at the European Championships in Serbia. With the 14-15 year old category only recently being brought into this championships, Aimee is the first ever athlete to achieve a Kata medal in this category.
Emma Lucraft achieved a Bronze Medal at the World Championships in Malaysia. This is a fantastic achievement, we have had European Medals in the past but this is England’s FIRST ever individual World Kata Medal.
Having competed for the National Squad since the age of sixteen I cannot emphasise enough how difficult it is to achieve medals at this level so a massive well done to both girls for making Kata history in 2011.
Can I take this opportunity to thank Ady Grey for assisting me at the National Squad trainings and selections. His assistance has been invaluable.
Can I also thank the EKF for allowing me to develop the England Kata Squads into the success they are today.
Jonathan Mottram 5th Dan
National Kata Coach