On Saturday 12 March Chelmsford Karate Club organised a FREE Young Leaders and Instructors Workshop at their Dovedale Sports Centre Dojo for it's members.
The course was led by Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones, Richard Naylor-Jones and Sensei Richard Kheder and was for both current Instructors and those wishing to become a Young Leader and Instructor.
The Workshop started with an overview of why the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) has it's own National Instructor's Qualification Programme. Sensei Richard explained, as part of a Karateka's overall development, the Instructor and Young Leader Qualification extends their skills, knowledge and builds into place best practice in their teaching of KUGB Karate.
Sensei Richard Kheder explained that Chelmsford Karate Club was established fifty years ago by the late Sensei Charles Naylor in 1967. Sensei Naylor was the KUGB’s Vice Chairman, and member of both the Executive and Technical Committee. Furthermore, he was a personal student of Sensei Enoeda and had also trained and graded under Sensei Nakayama. He taught not only in the UK but also internationally and was the president of both World Shotokan Karate Association (WSKA) and European Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA). Sensei Naylor developed hundreds of Karateka to Black belt and competitors to both national and international standard. He laid the foundations in terms of training methods, technical excellence, dedication required and much more for us to follow.
Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones then went through the KUGB Instructor Portfolio. He gave an overview of the role and responsibilities of a KUGB Instructor.
With this review complete the Workshop became more practical based and it was into the Dojo to look at the Instructors role in Teaching a lesson. This started with the participants checking the room layout, facilities, etc and that the Dojo was safe for students to train in. The class lined up and the warm up then followed, with attention given to the method and how to stretch correctly on each exercise.
Sensei Richard along with Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones then took the class through the key points and methodology for teaching Kihon to students of all levels and ages.
This was then followed by two further sessions on ‘How to teach Kata’ and then ‘How to teach Kumite’. During the course Sensei Richard made reference a number of times to Sensei Enoeda, Sensei Naylor and Sensei Sherry when highlighting different aspects of being an Instructor.
The Workshop was designed to be interactive to support the learning process of the participants. Therefore, those participating were not only students but were also given exercises to take the role as an Instructor.
Throughout the practical part of the programme Sensei Jane highlighted the need for best practice and frequently referred to the different sections of the Portfolio. For those new to the programme it provided an insight into the level of knowledge and skills required to meet the high standards expected in the KUGB of it’s Instructors and Young Leaders.
At the end of the Workshop, Sensei Jane explained that the KUGB Young Leader and and Instructor programme required that participants both study hard and continue to develop their teaching skills and expertise. It is a continuous learning process so they must develop not only their Instructor proficiency but also to attend KUGB training Courses to ensure the development of their personal Karate skills.
A big thank you to all those who participated and helped make the Workshop an enjoyable experience.