Last Saturday Matthew Dowling, Teah Pope, Megan and Jane Naylor-Jones attended the KUGB Central Region Kata Squad Selection 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: Chelmsford SKC's Central Region Kata Squad Members 2014 with Coach, Sensei Frank Brennan.
(L-R) Matthew Dowling, Teah Pope, Sensei Frank Brennan, Megan Naylor-Jones and Jane Naylor-Jones.
Although this is a Central Region Kata Squad we were allowed to attend as there were both Students and Instructors from the Southern and Northern Regions as well from Ireland and 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. Each of our Chelmsford quartet were called up to perform their Katas and at the end of the selection process were all selected for the Squad by Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Megan Naylor-Jones performing gyaku-zuki (reverse punch)
Photo: (L-R) Megan Naylor-Jones, Matthew Dowling and Teah Pope line up for Kata
They joined a large number of predominately Black Belts, including a significant number of 5th and 6th Dans (of which Sensei Jane is one), as well as the current European Senior Male Individual Kata Champion. 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.
Following selection, Sensei Brennan then took the Squad of 2014 through Katas: Heian Yondan, Bassai Dai, Jion and Sochin.
Photo: Jane Naylor-Jones (centre) performing Kata Bassai Dai
Photo: Matthew Dowling performing Kata Jion
Photo: Teah Pope (Cente) performing Kata Sochin
This is the third year in succession that Chelmsford SKC members have attended the Squad. All four were very happy to be selected and over the course of 2014 they will attend a further seven Squad Sessions with Sensei Brennan.
Sensei Dot Naylor said "that she was very proud that all four 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".
Photo: Central Region Kata Squad 2014, Burton-on-Trent