â€‹On Saturday 2nd November 2013, Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) held two training sessions at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
In the world of Karate Sensei Brennan's reputation is both acknowledged and respected throughout the world. He is a Karate legend and is regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Sensei Brennan has excelled in both Kata and Kumite. He is former World Champion, European Grand Champion four times and KUGB National Grand Champion ten times. As an Instructor and KUGB England Coach he is highly regarded and we were privileged to be hosting him.
Photo: Frank Brennan scoring Ippon with mawashi geri jodan on Toshihiro Mori,
1980 IAKF World Championships Bremen. Germany
The first session was open to all grades from Beginner to Blackbelt and Sensei Brennan opened the class with Kihon (basic blocks and strikes using both hand and feet). For those who have had the opportunity to train with Sensei Brennan he always places importance of good preparation in executing techniques and a strong mindset and today was no different.
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Photo: All Grades Class working on oi-zuki as Sensei Brennan explains key learning points
Photo: All Grades Class - students working on oi-zuki (stepping punch). Pictured Front - Serdar Rifat
Sensei Brennan then went through some of the Heian Kata's - Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan and Heian Godan. During this section he encouraged the students to pay attention to the detail and quality of each individual technique to ensure that the overall Kata could be performed to the highest standard.
Photo: Sensei Brennan (right) explaining a key point to Megan Naylor-Jones (left) whilst other Students listen
Finally, the All Grade class were coached on the key aspects of Ippon Kumite (pre-arranged sparring) where both excellent technique and a strong positive attitude was emphasised.
Photo: Peter King (Left) counters Jane Naylor-Jones (right) with mawashi geri jodan
At the end of the All Grade Session students gathered for a Group Photograph with Sensei Brennan.
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Photo: All Grade Class with Sensei Frank Brennan, 2 November 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
The next session was for Black and Brown Belts only. Again, equal emphasis was given to the three fundamentals of Karate - Kihon, Kata and Kumite. For this session the techniques and combinations were more advanced with the expectations and demands of the students far greater.
Photo: Alex Lockett (front right) working on gedan barai (downward block)
Photo: Class working on gyakuzuki (reverse punch)
The Brown Belts then worked on developing their Kata Skills and studied Kata Bassai Dai
Photo: Brown Belts Millie Austin-Coskry (left) and Anna Kluj (right) performing Kata Bassai Dai â€‹
Whilst the Black belts worked on Kata Chinte and for some they were learning this kata for the first time.
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Front row (left to right) Jack Hillsden, Sharky Austin-Coskry and Jamie Lottering
For others like Jack Somers, Current WSKA World Junior Team Kata Winner with KUGB England, it was a chance to enhance his understanding and execution.
Photo: Jack Somers performing Kata Chinte
Then the class worked on their Kumite Skills with Semi free sparring. Working on block -counter combinations and, in particular, developing the speed of the counter attack by the defender.
Photo: Matthew Dowling (left) has his attack blocked and countered with a mawashi geri jodan (roundhouse kick to the head ) by Sharly-Austin Coskry (right)
Sensei Brennan demanded a strong attitude and fighting spirit from all his students......
Photo: Sparring with a strong attitude and commitment. Front Jack Hillsden (left) and Matthew Dowling (right). Behind Wayne Lottering (left) and Sharky Austin Coskry (right)
â€‹ Photo: Matthew Dowling (left) has his attack blocked and countered with an ushiro mawashi geri jodan (reverse roundhouse kick to the head ) by Sharly-Austin Coskry (right)
Photo: The Black and Brown Belt Class ends
At the end of the Black and Brown Belt Session students gathered for a Group Photograph with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Black and Brown Belt Class with Sensei Frank Brennan, 2 November 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
We would like to give a special 'Thank you' to all those Karateka that travelled from other KUGB clubs to train with Sensei Brennan. There were not only our friends from other Essex Clubs, including Stock SKC but also those who had travelled from Brighton, Canterbury, Ipswich, Stoke by Nayland, Sudbury, Harrow, and Liverpool to train under this Karate Master.
This year we have hosted Sensei Brennan twice at Chelmsford and we intend to make this a regular occurence going forward so please look out for dates in 2014.