On Sunday the 5 October Wayne Lottering and Richard Naylor-Jones attended the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Referees and Judges Training Course in Lichfield.
With Richard for support, Wayne was attending the course in a bid to qualify as National Judge under the watchful eyes of Examiners 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 September, Dave Moore and Andrew Steele from Ipswich Higashi and Alan Hook from Denchi Kai, Gateshead.
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.
Photo: Course Participants review the Rule Book
Then Wayne along with 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 including Richard took an early lunch.
Immediately after lunch, everyone participating (both 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.
Photo: Flag Practice before the Competitors arrive - Wayne Lottering at the far end
It was then time for the practical with Competitors arriving from not only the local Karate Clubs but also from Liverpool. The competition involved a number of categories, split by Adult and Children including both Individual and Team Kumite and also Individual Kata events. Wayne had plenty of opportunity to do some Judging and also, with Rob Welsh’s guidance, work the Control Table. Meanwhile Richard, who is already a Qualified Referee, took photographs for the KUGB Facebook.
Photo: Referee and Judges Line up to start the match - Wayne Lottering second from left
Photo: Aka Waza-ari - Wayne signals to the Referee a score to Red
Photo: Wayne (seated) signals a score for Shiro (white) whilst front left foreground Sensei Sherry observes his performance
At the end of the course everyone was given feedback, and Wayne was awarded his Judges qualification by Sensei Sherry. Wayne had been studying hard and looking to practice his Judging skills as often as he could in the Dojo leading upto the examination and this was duly noted by both Sensei Sherry and Sensei Poynton. Well done Wayne!
Photo: Sensei Andy Sherry (left) presents Wayne Lottering (right) with his Judges Badge
Wayne was amongst the four who passed on the day, including CSKC September course attendees, Dave Moore and Alan Hook both qualified as Referees. Congratulations to all three on their achievement.
Photo: Successful candidates (L-R) - Dave Moore, Wayne Lottering (Chelmsford SKC), Sensei Bob Poynton, Sensei Andy Sherry, Daniel Broudie and Alan Hook
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!