Last Saturday, February 4th, Chelmsford Karate Club supported the ‘Time to Talk’ initiative to get people across the country talking about Mental Health by holding a ‘free Karate Taster’ session open to both members and the general public at Dovedale Sports Centre.
Amongst the large number of attendees was special guest, The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Patricia Hughes.
Photo: Group photograph with The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Patricia Hughes
Following a talk by Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones about the importance of Mental Health and how to raise awareness they then had the opportunity to watch two Karate classes, one for current members up to Black belt and the other a beginners class open to the general public.
When the classes finished everyone, including the audience and our special guest were invited to participate in a relaxation breathing exercise that Karate practitioners use to help them to ‘calm the body’ known as ‘Mokusu’ in Japanese.
Following on from this 12 year old Karate Brown Belt, Caitlin Glover talked about a Virtual Reality System she designed to help spot the early signs of Dyslexia. Caitlin’s innovation was recognized and reported on the National News and Radio last month. The Mayor, Councillor Patricia Hughes presented Caitlin with an award in recognition of her outstanding achievement.
Photo: The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Patricia Hughes presents Caitlin Glover with an award for her outstanding achievement
In addition, The Mayor presented a special award to Chelmsford Karate Club who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary of teaching Karate in Chelmsford.
Photo: The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Patricia Hughes presents Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones with an award in recognition of the Club's 50th Anniversary.
In closing, there was the opportunity for all the attendees to take ‘time to talk’, with cake and refreshments provided by both Romilly Pope and the Oddfellows Arms Pub.
Instructor Jane Naylor-Jones said “Working with Time to Change and MIND we were keen to get as many people involved to help raise awareness. We were very pleased and honoured that The Mayor came along to show her support to help end the stigma and discrimination for those that suffer mental health problems. It was evident that The Mayor was very supportive and took time to talk to everyone she met. In addition, I would like to thank everyone who came along to support this day and a special thank you to Dovedale Sports Centre and their staff for sponsoring this event”.
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