On Saturday 22nd March, students from Chelmsford SKC traveled to Abingdon, near Oxford, to train on the KUGB's Free Black and Brown Belt Course with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Bob Poynton (8th Dan).
Photo : Chelmsford SKC students after the Brown Belt class
l-r Jessica Steadman, Louise Filmer, Leah Rodrigues, Tom Jeffery, Rob Selvage, Campbell Ward and Megan Naylor-Jones
The first session was for Brown Belts and we had seven Students training: Louise Filmer, Tom Jeffery, Megan Naylor-Jones, Leah Rodrigues, Rob Selvage, Jessica Steadman and Campbell Ward. The class was split into two; with those taking their Black Belt Grading later that day, and those not. Both Classes had the opportunity to train with both of the Senseis as they covered advanced Kihon, Kata Bassai Dai and Kumite.
Photo : Chelmsford students in Sensei Bob Poynton's class
â€‹Rob Selvage, Leah Rodrigues and Louise Filmer
Photo : Campbell Ward listens attentively to Sensei Bob Poynton
Next was the Black Belt session. Training from Chelmsford SKC were Jamie Lottering, Pamela Pickwick and Jane Naylor-Jones. The class was again divided in two with Sensei Sherry initially taking the 1st Dan’s and then Sensei Poynton teaching the 2nd Dans and above. Both classes covered advanced Kihon and Kumite. The 1st Dan’s were taught Kata Nijushiho whilst the Senior Grades did Kata Bassai Sho.
Photo : Jamie Lottering in the Black Belt Class
For those watching (and participating) Sensei Sherry’s Kumite drill with the Senior Grades that involved blocking your opponent initially with front leg yoko geri kekomi, then attacking with a mawashi geri, ushiro mawashi geri, ashi barai and fumikomi (stamping kick) combination showed how dynamic Karate is.
Photo : Sensei Sherry keeps a watchful eye on Jack Somers and Tim Griffiths
There was then a short interval before the Dan Grading examination. Tom Jeffery and Megan Naylor-Jones both successfully passed their 1st Dan Black Belts.
Photo : Tom Jeffery being called to be told he has passed his Shodan grade
Photo : Megan Naylor-Jones being told she had passed her Shodan
Photo : Sensei Dot with Chelmsford's newest black belts
Sensei Dot who attended the day was very pleased with both of them and said “Tom and Megan have both been training and working hard. Their dedication and commitment has been justly rewarded and I am proud of both of them. It is nice to see our young karateka making such good progress.”
Photo : Sensei Andy Sherry with Tom Jeffery
Photo : Sensei Andy Sherry with Megan Naylor-Jones