Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Sunday the 2 March, Wayne Lottering, Pamela Pickwick and Richard Naylor-Jones attended the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Referees and Judges Training Course in Lichfield.

All three were attending the course to continue their learning and development under the expert tuition of Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan, Chief Instructor of the KUGB) and Sensei Bob Poynton (8th Dan, National Administrator).

This day-long course is ‘Free of charge’ and is open to all KUGB adult Black Belts and was very well attended.  Amongst the group there were a number of people who had attended our Referees and Judges Workshop in February and also the previous day’s Tiger Competition: Dave Moore and Andrew Steele from Ipswich Higashi; Jason Sanchez and Roy Smith from Stock; and Debbie Robertson from Handbridge SKC.


    7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo:  Referees and Judges Course March 2014.  Front Row: Sensei Bob Poynton (third from left), Sensei Andy Sherry (fourth from left), Wayne Lottering (sixth from left) and Pamela Pickwick (seventh from left).


The course began with a review of the Rule Book, with the opportunity for those attending to seek clarification and gain a good understanding of KUGB Competition Rules.


    7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo:  The review of the KUGB Competition Rules.  

Front row: Pamela Pickwick (second left) and Wayne Lottering (third left)


Those taking either the Judges or Referees examination were then asked to stay in the room to take a written paper whilst the remaining group took an early lunch.

To continue the learning process, everyone participating (those being assessed and those not) were asked to set the room up for a competition, marking out the match area, setting up the Control Table and organizing all the necessary equipment.

Once set up and prior to the Competitors arriving, Sensei Sherry took all the participants through the Judges Signals to ensure they showed clear and correct flag signals.


   7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo:  Wayne Lottering signalling a waza-ari score to Aka (Red).


It was then time for the practical with Competitors arriving from Tamworth SKC and Solihull Karate Academy.  The competition involved a number of categories, split by Adult and Children including Individual and Team Kumite and Individual Kata events.  Pamela and Wayne had plenty of opportunity to do some Judging and also, with Rob Welsh’s guidance, work the Control Table.


        7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course            

Photo: Pamela Pickwick Judging a Kumite match


    7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo:  Referee and Judges discuss an issue together before making their decision.  Wayne Lottering (far left) and Pamela Pickwick (far right) 


    7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo: Working the Control Table, Pamela Pickwick (Second from Left sitting), with Rob Welsh, Sensei Poynton and Sensei Sherry to her right.


Richard, who is already a Qualified Referee, in the meantime took on his role supporting the KUGB Facebook Page and took some photographs.  

At the end of the course everyone was given feedback, with Pamela and Wayne understanding the areas they need to work on ready for the examination at the next course in October.


    7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course

Photo: Sensei Sherry (Far left) coaches the Referee and Judges Team on a key learning point.  Wayne Lottering (second left) and Pamela Pickwick (far right) are amongst the Team listening on.


Everyone enjoyed their day and special mention goes to Debbie Robertson from Handbridge SKC who passed her Judges Examination.  Debbie regularly travels to Chelmsford to attend and support our Special Courses throughout the year - Well done!


   7 March 2014: Chelmsford's Trio attend KUGB National Referee and Judges Course  

Photo:  Debbie Robertson is awarded her KUGB Tie and Judges Badge from Sensei Sherry and Sensei Poynton.


As a reminder, the Referees and Judges Course is run twice a year with the second of the two annual courses taking place on Sunday 5 October again In Lichfield.  If you are an adult Black Belt, a KUGB member and are interested in becoming a Judge and Referee you should attend the course.  This includes Instructors, Coaches and Competitors!