Last Saturday a large number of Chelmsford members traveled to attend the KUGB Central Region Kata Squad Selection for 2015 in Burton-on-Trent. The Squad Coach and Selector was Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan), former World and European Kata Champion and current KUGB England Junior Squad Coach.
Photo: Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) performing Kata Sochin. (Photo courtesy of the KUGB)
Although this is a Central Region Kata Squad all KUGB members from all the regions are allowed to attend. This they did in large numbers with both Students and Instructors from the Southern and Northern Regions as well from Wales also in attendance.
Sensei Brennan started selection with warm up and stretching exercises followed by advanced Kihon combinations. He then moved to the Selection process and asked candidates to perform a Heian Kata of Sensei's choosing. In attendance from Chelmsford were Emma Burke, Rosie Caddy, Andrew Crozier, Richard and Jane Naylor-Jones, Pamela Pickwick, Graham Skarott and Jessica Steadman.
Photo: Two of Chelmsford's newest Central Kata Squad members.
Jessica Steadman (Left) and Rosie Caddy (right)
One by one each of our Chelmsford members were called up to perform their Katas and at the end of the selection process we are pleased to report that they were all selected for the Squad by Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Chelmsford SKC's Central Kata Squad Members 2015 with Sensei Frank Brennan. (L-R) Graham Skarott, Rosie Caddy, Pamela Pickwick, Richard Naylor-Jones, Sensei Frank Brennan, Jane Naylor-Jones, Emma Burke, Jessica Steadman and Andrew Crozier.
They joined a large number of predominately Black Belts, including a significant number of 5th and 6th Dans (including Sensei Jane and Richard). All those selected for the Squad will benefit from Sensei Brennan's experience and teaching style which always focuses on the technical excellence and performance of Karate-do.
Photo: Richard Naylor-Jones (left) working on oi-zuki (stepping punch) within Kata Heian Godan
Following selection, Sensei Brennan then took the Squad of 2015 through Katas: Heian Godan, Bassai Dai and Jion.
Photo: Bassai Dai! Front Graham Skarott whilst in the background you can also see Andrew Crozier
This is now the fourth year in succession that Chelmsford SKC members have attended the Squad. Each year the number of those attending and being selected has increased. The eight that were selected were very pleased to now have the opportunity over the course of 2015 to attend a further seven Squad Sessions with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: KUGB Central Kata Squad 2015. Photo courtesy of the KUGB
Chelmsford SKC Chief instructor Sensei Dot Naylor said "that she was very proud that everyone who had attended had been selected. They had been working hard to make sure they were ready for selection and that this was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn and develop their Kata Standard under a World-renowned Karate Master".