Fantastic News! Sensei Dot Naylor has been short listed as one of three finalists in the category of the Unsung Hero for the Active Essex Sports Awards 2014 to celebrate her outstanding contribution.
The Awards Evening will take place on Monday 1st December. What is even more spectacular is that there will be a live broadcast of the Awards Ceremony by BBC Essex Radio from 7pm - 8pm! During the live broadcast the winner will be announced so tune into listen.
You can read more about Sensei Dot on our Instructors Section but below are some highlights:
- She is a pioneer in women’s karate and was one of the first women to have started to train in Shotokan Karate in the 1960’s.
- At that time she was taught by Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Sherry.
- Dot moved to Essex in 1967 with her husband Sensei Charles Naylor, Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones (daughter) and Mark Naylor (son – also a Blackbelt)
- She passed her First Dan in 1970 and achieved Third Dan in 1978. One of the highest ranked females in Europe at that time.
- In 2007 her picture was published on the front of the book ‘You don’t have to dress to kill’ honouring her role as a pioneer of females in Shotokan Karate.
- She is a Long Standing member of the KUGB and will be honoured for 50 years service in 2016 when the KUGB celebrate their 50th Anniversary
- Sensei Dot is 81 years young and still active in Karate, teaching and coaching – not even her recent knee operation has kept her away from the Dojo.
- Earlier this year she, along with daughter, Jane and grand-daughter, Megan were interviewed by Dave Monk on BBC Essex talking about her karate legacy creating three generations of Karate females in the same family.
Photo: Sensei Dot Naylor with Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) at last weekends Special course at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Many people have interacted with her not only in Essex, but across the country and internationally, and they will be thrilled to see her get the recognition she deserves. Good luck Sensei Dot from everyone at Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club.