Sensei Dot Naylor honoured for her dedication to the teaching of Karate at the Active Essex 2014 Sports Awards.
Photo: Sensei Dot with her Unsung Hero Sports Award Screen Shot from the Active Essex Website -
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Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Dot Naylor, was honoured for her 50 years of dedication to the teaching of karate within the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) at the Active Essex Sports Awards 2014. The event took place at a glittering ceremony held at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, in front of an audience of over 250 people and also live on BBC Essex Radio, where some of Essex’s best and brightest sports men and woman received awards on Monday 1 December.
Photo: Sensei Dot with daughter Sensei Jane at the Awards Evening
Dot, who won the award for Essex ’s Unsung Hero sponsored by MRL Productions, was one of three finalists from hundreds of nominations from around the county. In introducing the nominees, the BBC Essex host noted that Dot was a pioneer in woman’s karate, being one of the first women to take up Shotokan Karate in the 1960’s. He also emphasized that she was well-loved by her students, especially the younger ones.
Photo: Slides shown at the Awards Evening showing a young Sensei Dot (left) on a Book cover and (right) training with Sensei Enoeda in one of her first classes back in the 1960's
Photo: Slide shown at the Awards evening with Sensei Dot (4th from left standing) at Chelmsford SKC's Dojo, Dovedale Sports Centre in the late 80's with her students of all ages on a Sunday morning . (Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones is the 2nd left at the bottom wearing his old Blue Kamae Over gi)
Photo: This slide shows on the left her awarding a winners medal to Matthew Dowling at the Tigers Competition in March. On the right Sensei Dot with granddaughter Megan Naylor-Jones following a Kyu Grading with Sensei Sherry
Photo: This slide shows three generations of female Black Belts. Sensei Dot with daughter Jane (right) and granddaughter Megan earlier this year. The three of them were featured on BBC Essex's Dave Monk show in April.
This is a wonderful recognition of the many years of dedication that Dot has put into learning karate herself and also passing on her vast knowledge to many students over the 50 years. If you have trained under Sensei Dot, you will know that her classes are based around hard work and effort, with a focus on correctly use of the hips in all techniques. Having learnt karate the hard way over the years, she knows that that there are no shortcuts to good karate.
A particular highlight of the evening was Sensei Dot being asked personally by the Chairman of Active Essex to be photographed with Ava McCarthy the youngest Award winner, who is just four years old.
Photo: Winners young and old! Sensei Dot (Unsung Hero) with Ava McCarthy (Inspirational Achievement Award)
Always modest, Dot was shocked to receive the award, however when being presented with the award, she received rapturous applause from the other nominees, winners and guests. She also received a very warm congratulations at the end when all the winners and nominees were invited on stage for a group photograph.
Photo: Sensei Dot receiving her award as the Unsung Hero
Sensei Dot, who recently underwent a knee operation, has already returned to the Dojo, more as an observer as she recovers, is keen to return to her passion for teaching and passing on her karate skills.
Well done Sensei Dot we are all very proud of you and what you have achieved!
This article was written by Wayne Lottering who nominated Sensei Dot as a candidate for the Award. Wayne a Black Belt 1st Dan trained with Sensei Dot at her Kingswood Shotokan Karate Club in Basildon during the 1990’s and now trains at Chelmsford with his son, Jamie.
Photo: A very happy Sensei with Wayne Lottering who nominated her as a candidate for the Active Essex Sports 2014 Award.