Alexander Lockett, at aged nine, successfully passed his examination to become our youngest Black Belt currently training at our Club. He now joins a large group of Black belt members at the club who range from 9 through to 81 years old.
Alexander traveled to Paignton in Devon for a week-long course with the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) Senior Instructors as he completed his final preparations for his Dan grading examination.
The examination was held at the end of the week and Alexander performed extremely well under the watchful eyes of grading examiners Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Chief Instructor and Chairman of the KUGB and Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) England Junior Squad Coach. The grading was very demanding on young Alexander and he responded positively with a strong attitude and martial spirit. At the end of the grading, Sensei Sherry announced that Alexander had passed.
Photograph: Alexander Lockett raises his hand to be told his grading result
Photograph: Sensei Sherry shakes Alexander Lockett's hand to congratulate him on passing Shodan
There were plenty of people there to congratulate him as there were over twenty of his Chelmsford team-mates who had also been training that week at the Paignton course.
Photograph: Alexander Lockett holding his Licence Book showing off his latest entry this time recording his successful pass to Shodan Black Belt (L-R) Sensei Frank Brennan, Alexander Lockett and Sensei Sherry
Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), who attended the residential course to both train and support Alexander, said “I was very pleased with Alexander, not only that he met the high standard expected but also the number of positive endorsements that I received from the many Senior grades in attendance about young Alexander’s performance was fantastic”.
Well done Alexander!