Chelmsford SKC News Article

Well 2016 was another great year in Chelmsford Karate Club’s long history. The year flew by and was filled with successful Kyu Gradings, outstanding performances at Dan Gradings, Local and National Awards, visiting Dignitaries, visiting Instructors, Championship successes, England call ups, mixed in with some fun and much, much more.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Here are some of the highlights. (To read in more detail and view our photographs for each of these events you can look back through our news section)


JANUARY

KUGB England Squad Selection - six from Chelmsford were selected: Emma Burke, Teah Pope, Eric Austin-Coskry, Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Megan Naylor-Jones.  Four of which are pictured below with Sensei Sherry at the Red Triangle Dojo, Liverpool.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


FEBRUARY

To help raise awareness of Mental Health we organised a 'Time to Talk' event attended  by the Mayor of Chelmsford and MP Sir Simon Burns. In addition, presentations were made to Sensei Dot Naylor for her service to Karate, Richard Kheder and Richard Naylor-Jones for their service to Chelmsford Karate Club and Teah Pope for winning Silver at the European Championships with KUGB England.



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    31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


February also included....

A Kyu Grading and Special Course with Sensei Sherry (9th Dan)

Plus our regular Tigers Half Term Course....



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


The KUGB Central Kata Squad Selection took place in the Midlands where eight members from Chelmsford were selected by Sensei Frank Brennan for 2016.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


MARCH

We hosted a Kyu Grading and a great Bunkai Master Class with Sensei Bob Rhodes (8th Dan).

Sensei Jane and Richard visited Oaklands Infant School to read to Year 2 and present them with a book by KUGB England and former Chelmsford Karate member - Holly Sterling.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


They were also invited to teach Karate classes as part of St John Payne Catholic School's Healthy Mind Week.

At the KUGB International Grand Slam – Five of our students represented England Teah Pope helped the England Female Cadet Team Kumite to first place.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


In Abingdon at the KUGB Dan Grading – Alasdair Ward and Melvyn Tang passed Shodan and Nidan respectively.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


APRIL

Off to Torbay! – Twenty eight Chelmsford students attended the week long 'Spring Karate Course'.  At the end of the week there was Dan Grading and Chelmsford gained a  total of SEVEN passes out of SEVEN!: Matthew Gilbert, Ian Gilbert and Ben Pickwick passed Shodan.  Lisa Ironman, Wayne Lottering Megan Naylor-Jones and Connor Payne all passed Nidan.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Furthermore during the week Jamie Lottering and Anya Dunbar won their Kata Competition Categories Black Belt and Brown Belt respectively.  With Alexander Lockett gaining 4th in the Black Belt event as the youngest entrant in the category that was open to all ages.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


At the Shotokan Tigers Competition  – Chelmsford won a total of Five Golds!



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In a busy month we also hosted the first of two Special Courses with Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) in 2016 who, as usual inspired, all those who attended.


MAY

Megan Naylor-Jones was appointed as a Sports Ambassador for Chelmsford linked to Dovedale Sports Centre, our main home since it opened in 1974.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


At the KUGB British National Championships 50th Year - Anya Dunbar won Gold, we won a further three medals including: Children Kata (Louise, Mia and Melvyn) plus Melvyn went onto medal in both Individual Kata and Kumite.



     31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Sensei Dot received a special award as one of only seven people (and the only female) in the KUGB to have reached 50 years with the organisation.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


In addition, Kelly Hodkinson received a certificate for 20 years Service and Richard Naylor-Jones for 30 years.



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31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


JUNE

Sensei Richard was invited to teach the first of two six week Discover Karate Courses with Mencap.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


At the KUGB Southern Regions  - Chelmsford won a total of thirty one medals, this included NINE GOLD MEDALS and the 'Most Outstanding Competitor Eric Austin- Coskry!



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


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The second Kyu Grading and a superb Special Course with Sensei Sherry took place for 2016.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Sensei Andy Sherry’s new Book was published and mentions our Club founder Sensei Charles Naylor, Sensei Dot, Jane, Richard and the Chelmsford Karate Club


JULY

At the KUGB British Youth Championships - the Club was outstanding at this level to win two British Titles! – Anya Dunbar and Mia Hillsden both retaining their titles and the Childrens Team Kata were runners up.


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We hosted Sensei John Bruce and Sensei Holly Sterling who delivered an excellent training course for All Grades then High Grades.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


At the KUGB Black Belt grading in Bath Chelmsford again had success with two new Shodans - Ella Roberts and Anya Dunbar plus Rachel Cohen passed her Nidan.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Our Annual Hyland (Park) Games saw a hot day, lots of fun and water!



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


The second Kyu Grading and a fantastic Bunkai Master Class with Sensei Bob Rhodes for 2016 was held at Anglia Ruskin University.


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


The Club also took part in the '22 Day Push Up' challenge to help raise awareness for the Armed Forces and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Something Sensei Richard took forward and got the KUGB involved in - including Sensei Sherry - the KUGB's Chief Instructor.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford

AUGUST

Lancaster 'Train with the Champions' – Four Members of our club attended the Karate Summer School - Serdar and Lee Rifat along with Richard and Megan Naylor-Jones enjoying both the training and the social events.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


KUGB Young Leader Awards  - Silver for Romilly Pope, Jessica Steadman and Megan Naylor-Jones.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Sensei Jane and Richard delivered an Anti-Bullying Course for young people to help them and others with this sensitive issue.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


In a quieter month we asked for photographs from our Club members of their Summer holiday - of course with with a Karate theme. 


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


SEPTEMBER

At the KUGB International Grand Slam - Four of our students represented KUGB England. Mia Hillsden still a junior competed against adults to reach the final and came third.

A couple of weeks later, at the KUGB British Shotokan Cup - we brought home two more medals with Mia Hillsden reaching both her finals in Kata and Kumite.



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Following a formal assessment and examination, Emma Burke qualified as a KUGB National Instructor and Teah Pope as a KUGB Assistant Instructor.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


OCTOBER

The third of three Kyu Grading and Training Courses with Sensei Sherry for 2016 took place and were excellent as usual.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


On World Mental Health Day, as a Club, we took time out to increase awareness of those with mental health issues and how we can help.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Rosie Caddy was awarded her KUGB Young Leaders Silver Level.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Finlay MacFarlane was awarded his Martial Arts badge by the Scout Association as a result of his achievements with Karate.         


  31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


NOVEMBER

At the British National Student Championships – we gained another British National title - when Jamie Lottering won the Male Individual Kata whilst Megan Naylor-Jones was runner up in the Female Kata.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones was appointed Disability Officer for the KUGB by the KUGB Executive Committee.

We held the second of our Special Courses with Sensei Frank Brennan for 2016 and welcomed international visitors (and friends) from Italy.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Sensei Jane and Richard complete a six week Personal Safety Course for the Girl Guides.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Black Belt Alexander Lockett visits Oakland Infant School to talk about Karate as part of their studies on the letter ‘K’.



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Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones was appointed as a Disability Sport Ambassador for Essex by Active Essex.

Romilly Pope is awarded the KUGB’s top Young Leaders Award to get Gold.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


DECEMBER

Both Lee Rifat and Campbell Ward pass Shodan at Egham.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Jessica Steadman is awarded the KUGB’s top Young Leaders Award to get Gold.



        31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Ella Roberts received her KUGB Young Leader Bronze Award.



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Sensei Bob Rhodes came to Chelmsford for a third time in 2016 to do a Grading and hold an excellent Bunkai Course on Kata Jitte.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Brown Belt Caitlin Glover (aged 12) hits the national news for designing a Virtual Reality System to help spot the early signs of Dyslexia.



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Photo - Screen Shot - Courtesy of BBC Website


The year ended with some fun including our Christmas Party and Talent Show!



31 December 2016: A Year to Remember......A look back at another great year for Chelmsford


Plus we held an end of year Special Karate Course that included fun on a bouncy castle! 


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Another fantastic year! We hope you have enjoyed looking back at 2016.  Based on the teachings of our Club founder Sensei Charles Naylor, we like to train hard and develop technical Karate of the highest standard in our students.  This is shown in the large number of Black Belts training from near and far, the numerous British Champions and National Squad members both old and young together with an ever growing Club.  We are a family Club, something of which we are very proud of, and therefore as you can see we also like to have some fun and enjoy ourselves during the year.  

Sensei Dot, Jane and Richard would like to thank everyone involved with Chelmsford Karate Club - the Students, our team of Instructors and Young Leaders, Parents, Friends and Family.  We are looking forward to 2017 when we will be celebrating our Club’s fifty year anniversary since it began in 1967!  Come along and be part of it - Karate is for everyone!