On Saturday the 22 February, Chelmsford SKC held a Referee and Judges Workshop at Dovedales Sports Centre for Black and Brown Belts aged 14 years and above.
Karateka attended from not only Chelmsford SKC, but also Blue Tiger, Canterbury, Ipswich Higashi, Shin Gi Tai and Stock. They did so for a number of reasons. There were Adult Black Belts who wish to qualify as a KUGB Referee or Judge wanting to study the rules and practice their skills prior to attending the official KUGB Course in March. There were those currently competing and also Instructors/Coaches who wanted to develop their understanding of the rules for competition.
Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (KUGB Referee since 1992) and Richard Kheder (KUGB Referee since 1998) ran the Workshop.
Photo: (L-R) Richard Kheder and Richard Naylor-Jones going through the Competition Rules with the Group. Foreground: Wayne Lottering
Background: (L-R) Tom Jeffery, Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Connor Payne
Those in attendance had the opportunity to gain some practical experience in Referee and Judging for both Kata and Kumite. After going through the Rules and doing some exercises on signals, they then had to set the Match Area up and Control Table making sure they had all the equipment necessary ready for competition.
Photo: Participants going through the Competition Rules (L-R) Teah Pope, Sharky Austin-Coskry, Matthew Dowling, Dave Moore, Heston Woodward, Andrew Steele, Martin Shields and Matthew McGettigan.
Photo: The Control Table - Timekeeping and Recording (L-R) Wayne Lottering, Dave Moore and Teah Pope
Photo: Team Kumite. Graham Skarott (centre) Refereeing a match between Matthew Dowling (left) and Jamie Lottering (right) with Judges Pamela Pickwick (Left) and Adam Purkiss (right) in view
Photo: Team Kumite. Roy Smith (centre) Refereeing a match between Connor Payne (left) and Alasdair Ward (right) with Corner Judge Jason Sanchez in view
With a lot of rules to learn and interpret, along with learning the correct Japanese terminology, there were some light hearted moments as the Competitors were briefed to ‘play act’ some scenarios without the prior knowledge of those Referee and Judging. This included Connor Payne hiding four mitts in his Gi for extra protection and Megan Naylor-Jones singing loudly ‘Eye of the Tiger” as she competed in an Individual Kumite match!
Photo: Team Kumite. Andrew Steele Refereeing a match between Megan Naylor-Jones (left) and Jessica Steadman (right) with corner Judge Matthew McGettigan in view.
Photo: Individual Kata - Dave Moore Refereeing Kata math between Jessica Steadman (left) and Tom Jeffery (right) with Judges (L-R) Pamela Pickwick, Matthew McGettigan, Adam Purkiss and Wayne Lottering in view.
Photo: Fukushin Shugo! Referee Dave Moore calls in the Judges to discuss an issue prior to decision whilst Workshop Coach Richard Kheder (far left) observes the Group (L-R) Pamela Pickwick, Heston Woodward, Wayne Lottering, Dave Moore, Martin Shields and Peter Jones.
Everyone left the Workshop understanding the challenge of being a Referee and Judge, the standard required and how different it is to being a spectator at a competition calling out the score.
As part of their learning those in attendance were all invited to help out at next weeks Shotokan Tigers Competition.
Photo: Referee and Judges Workshop Group Picture
Front Row (L-R) Alasdair Ward, Tom Jeffery, Connor Payne, Jessica Steadman, Jamie Lottering, Matthew Dowling, Teah Pope and Megan Naylor-Jones
â€‹Back Row (L-R) Heston Woodward, Emma Burke, Martin Shields, Graham Skarott, Roy Smith, Pamela Pickwick, Andrew Steele, Richard Kheder, Jason Sanchez, Richard Naylor-Jones, Matthew McGettigan, Adam Purkiss, Wayne Lottering, Peter Jones, Eric Austin-Coskry, Sharky Austin-Coskry and Dave Moore