Ig Bittencourt from Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil recently contacted Sensei Jane to ask if it was possible to come and train at Chelmsford SKC as he was planning to travel to London on Business. Jane of course said "yes" and explained that also on the weekend he was arriving Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) would be teaching in Chelmsford on the Saturday.
Knowing this, Iggy travelled via South Korea (where he had also been on business) and landed in London on the Saturday and immediately came straight from the Airport to the Dojo. Upon arrival we supplied him with a Gi and within 15 minutes he had joined the class and was training with Sensei Brennan. We later found out that he had not slept properly for over 40 hours but his desire and enthusiasm to train with Sensei Frank Brennan whom he had only seen on 'You Tube' carried him through the class. Of course at the end of the session Sensei obliged with a photograph.
Photo: Ig Bittencourt (Left) with Sensei Frank Brennan (Right) - Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Chelmsford
Iggy retired after the class to his hotel in London fro some much needed rest and was back in Chelmsford the very next morning to train at the Chelmsford SKC Dojo with Sensei Jane. At the end of the training session we had a group photograph with Iggy.
Photo: Ig Bittencourt with Sensei Dot, Sensei Jane and Chelmsford SKC Students - Chelmsford SKC Dojo, Dovedale Sports Centre.
For Iggy it was his first trip to the UK so in the afternoon he went with Sensei Jane and Richard for a Roast Dinner and to a 300 year old English pub to taste our 'warm' beer!
It was great to have Iggy training with us and wehope to see him again if he visits the UK again.