On Saturday 29 March 2014, Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) held two training sessions at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.
Photo: Some of the younger Karateka watching and listening to Sensei Frank Brennan's instruction
Students from Harrow SKC, Canterbury University, Sudbury, Marshall Street, Ipswich Higashi, Chingford Tora, Stoke By Nayland, Stock, Shin Gi Tai, Canterbury, Egham, Brazil (!) and, of course, Chelmsford all arrived eager to train with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Preparing for Mae geri (Front Kick) (L-R) Ian Gilbert, Andy Howes (Ipswich), Millie Austin-Coskry, Serdar Rifat, Ian Hunt, John Dunbar, Randy Stransky
The first session was open to all grades from Beginner through to Black Belt. In this class Sensei Brennan worked on some basic punching and kicking combinations followed by Heian Katas where each grade focused on their Kata for their grade, whilst purple belts and above (including Black and Brown belts) worked on Heian Godan.
Photo: Gedan Barai (Downward Block) - Working on Kihon (Basics)
Photo: The whole Class Black belt to Beginner working on Oi-zuki (Stepping Punch)
Photo: Yoi (ready) Class prepare to perform their Kata
Photo: Sensei Brennan (right) shows the class the correct hand position when preparing for Ryo ken gedan juji uke (lower level X block). Matthew Dowling (left) looks on
This was then followed by some Kumite drills using reverse age-uke (rising block) to defend against your opponents attack followed immediately with empi (Elbow strike) as a counter strike.
Photo: Sensei Brennan (Left) highlights a key learning point during the Kumite Exercises (L-R) Rachel Cohen, Aya Rainer, Megan Naylor-Jones and Mia Hillsden
Photo: All Grade Class Line up
At the end of the All Grade Session students gathered for a Group Photograph with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Group Photograph with Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan). Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre Chelmsford. 29 March 2014
In the Black & Brown Belt class, equal emphasis was given again to the three fundamentals of Karate - Kihon, Kumite and Kata. For this session the techniques and combinations were more advanced, with the expectations and demands of the students far greater.
Photo: KIAI - Megan Naylor-Jones (Left) and Eric Austin-Coskry (Right)
In the Kumite drills Sensei Brennan demonstrated the need for using fast footwork together with the attacking techniques.
Photo: Sensei Brennan (right) demonstrates a Kumite Drill with Wayne Lottering (Left)
Brown Belts then worked on Kata - Bassai Dai. Whilst the Dan grades had a 'master class' on Sensei's competition winning Kata - Nijushiho. This was the favoured Kata by Sensei Brennan when competing and for which he won National, European and World Titles.
Photo: Kata - Megan Naylor-Jones (Left) and Chris Harris from Stoke by Nayland SKC (Right)
Photo: Sensei Brennan showing the correct hand position for Ryo sho jodan kensei (Upper level strike)
Photo: Sensei Brennan watches on as the Blalck Belts perform Kata Nijushiho (L-R) Mia Hillsden, Jamie Lottering, Sensei Brennan, Debbie Robertson (Canterbury University) and Emma Burke.
We would like to give a special 'Thank you' to all those Karateka that supported the course especially those who travelled from other KUGB clubs to train with Sensei Brennan including a new friend from Brazil.
As you may know, we will be hosting Sensei Brennan again later this year on Saturday 2 November 2014 in Chelmsford (venue to be confirmed)