2014 World Championships – Bremen

Aimee Sell was selected to represent England in the Senior Female Individual Kata event and also in the Female Team Kata event along with fellow Barking Abbey Ishinryu student Melissa Williamson.
Chris Karwacinski was selected as part Male Team Kata team which included Southend Ishinryu’s John Gardiner.
Kate Karwacinski completed the lineup competing in the -68kg Female Kumite event.
They all flew out to Germany on Sunday with the rest of the England squad in preparation for the start of the championships beginning on the Wednesday where both Aimee and Kate would be competing first.
Female Senior Kata2014 Bremen Girls

Aimee was first to the mats competing alongside 58 competitors in the individual kata event. Aimee won her 1st round 5-0 beating San Marino’s Unshu kata with her Annan kata. The 2nd round saw Aimee claim another 5-0 win after her Suparinpai performance beat her Croatian opponent’s Goju Shiho Dai kata. The 3rd round saw Aimee face Bulgaria who had just beaten USA (the 2012 World bronze medallist). Both Aimee and her opponent performed Chatanyara Kushanku with Aimee winning 4-1. The 4th round quarter-final pitted Aimee against Japan, current U21 kata champion. Aimee performed Unshu but couldn’t beat the Japanese’s Annan kata losing 5-0. As the Japanese competitor made the final Aimee was in repechage and faced Mexico in the semi-final. Aimee performed Nipaipo with the Mexican performing Paiku. Unfortunately Aimee lost 4-1 missing out the chance to make the bronze medal showdown.
Female -68kg KumiteKate Karwacinski
Following the Kata rounds, Kate was eventually in action in the -68kg kumite event.  Kate faced China in her opening round encounter. After conceding the initial point Kate fought back to level the scores to 1-1 taking the fight to a nail-biting finale. Unfortunately Kate’s Chinese opponent snatched another point before the end finishing as the 2-1 winner. The Chinese lady then lost the next round to Ukraine leaving Kate out of the repechage rounds.
Male Team Kata
Chris competed the next day in the Male Team Kata event along with John Gardiner and Rob Bingham. The team faced Austria in their opening round and perfMale_team_Warmup_2ormed a powerful and well executed Kanku Sho whilst the Austrian’s performed Goju Shiho Sho. Surprisingly the team lost out 4-1. The Austrian team then lost 4-1 in their next round against Malaysia leaving the guys out of repechage.
Female Team Kata
Aimee and Mel, along with teammate Natalie Payne, also competed on Thursday in the Female Team Kata event. Their first round opponents were Belarus. Both teams performed Chatanyara Kushanku and won the match 3-2 moving them into the next round. The 2nd round saw the team face Turkey. Performing an excellent Suparinpai kata, the Turkish team responded with Chatanyara Kushanku. Unfortunately the team lost 5-0 to Turkey. Turkey went on the face Japan next and were soundly beaten leaving the England team out of the repechage rounds.
So no medals for the squad at this senior Worlds but some notable performances from the Ishinryu representatives with John Gardiner winning his opening round Outside Stadiumagainst India in the individual Male kata event before losing out to Iraq in the next round. The Girls Kata team won a round against some tough opposition whilst Aimee claimed a top 8 spot finishing 7th place overall.