Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Saturday 29 March 2014, Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) held two training sessions at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.


                            1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back 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.


                              1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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.


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo: Gedan Barai (Downward Block) - Working on Kihon (Basics)  


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo:  The whole Class Black belt to Beginner working on Oi-zuki (Stepping Punch)


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo: Yoi (ready) Class prepare to perform their Kata


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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.


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford   

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


                                          1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo:  All Grade Class Line up


At the end of the All Grade Session students gathered for a Group Photograph with Sensei Brennan.


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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. 


                    1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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.


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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.


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo:  Kata - Megan Naylor-Jones (Left) and Chris Harris from Stoke by Nayland SKC (Right)


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

Photo:  Sensei Brennan showing the correct hand position for Ryo sho jodan kensei (Upper level strike)


1 April 2014: Sensei Frank Brennan back in Chelmsford

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)