Last night we were proud to host Sensei Bob Rhodes (8th Dan) for a Bunkai Masterclass.
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes follows up with a counter attack after sweeping Eric Austin-Coskry
Sensei Rhodes needs no introduction for those people who have trained with him on the KUGB's Black & Brown Belt Courses and the Torbay and Lancaster "Train With The Champions" courses. His creative applications of Kata Bunkai have both excited and bewildered us at the same time and last night course in Chelmsford was no exception.
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes (left) explains the counter attack to his opponent Richard Naylor-Jones
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes demonstrating to the class a counter with a knee to your opponent (Jack Somers)
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes demonstrates to the class a sweep against his opponent - Lee McLeod
Sensei Rhodes took a class of High Grades through Kata – Kanku Dai. He taught the Kata in it’s pure form and then split it into sections to perform a dynamic display of bunkai (application of Kata) against three attackers. The techniques applied were both creative and effective, forcing the defender to constantly think of their body position and balance to both block and counter their multiple opponents.
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes blocks his opponent (Lee McLoed) and immediately counters to the groin with excellent control!
Photo: Sensei Bob Rhodes demonstrates to the class the counter attack to his opponent (Eric Austin-Coskry) showing both body and foot position prior to sweeping them
Photo: 1 of 2 - Sensei Bob Rhodes asks one of the groups to show the Bunkai they have learnt in the class. Here Jack Somers sweeps opponent Lee McLoed with his two other opponents Steve Harris (centre) and Eric Austin-Coskry (right) watching on.
Photo: 2 of 2 As Jack Somers sweeps his opponent Lee McLoed to the floor he immediately looks to counter knowing that his two other opponents are able to attack.
The feedback from all those who attended was that the course was ‘excellent’.
We would like to thank Sensei Bob Rhodes for teaching at Chelmsford SKC's newest Dojo - Chelmsford County High School for Girls and also thank everyone who attended.
Photo: Bunkai Masterclass Group with Sensei Bob Rhodes
Photo: Post lesson - (L-R) Lee McLoed, Eric Austin- Coskry and Jack Somers have chance to talk about the class
Photo: Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones with Sensei Bob Rhodes (8th Dan)