On Saturday 1 November 2014, Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan) held two training sessions at the Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
Photo: Sensei Brennan coaching Rosie Caddy
Photo: (L-R) Class move into Gedan Barai - Andy Crozier, Ron McGeary, Alan Harding (Ipswich) Ally Ward and Roy Smith (Stock)
Photo: Morote uke (L-R) Alexander Lockett and Melvyn Tang
Students from Christ Church Canterbury University, Canterbury, Harrow, Ipswich Higashi, Manchester, Red Triangle (Liverpool), Stock, Shin Gi Tai, Stoke By Nayland, Sudbury and, of course, Chelmsford all arrived eager to train with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Morote Uke Again! Aya Rainer
Photo: Amaan Merchant - Amaan also passed his Orange Belt Grading with Sensei Brennan after the course
Photo: Anya Dunbar performing Kata Tekki Shodan
Photo: Gedan barai - Foreground (L-R) Melvyn Tang, Jessica Steadman and Louise Filmer
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 blocking combinations followed by a focus on Kata. White and Orange Belts worked on their Kata for their Grade whilst Red Belt through to Black studied Heian Nidan. This was then followed with students focusing on their Kata for their grade, whilst the Black and Brown Belts developed a deeper understanding of Kata Bassai Dai.
Photo: Kata Heian Nidan (L-R) Romilly Pope, Ally Ward, Louise Filmer, Alan Harding (Ipswich) and Ben Pickwick
Photo: Chudan Uchi Uke (L-R) Jane Naylor-Jones, Richard Naylor-Jones and Richard Kheder
Photo: Grace Thompson right (Shin Gi Tai) strikes Jodan mawashi geri on Debbie Robertson (Christ Church Canterbury University)
Photo: Sensei Frank Brennan demonstrates to the class a chudan mawashi geri exercise
with Richard Naylor-Jones
In the Black & Brown Belt class, equal emphasis was given 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. Sensei Brennan focused on the preparation and execution of mawashi geri and ushiro geri. Students paired up to practice the drills that then evolved into Jiyu Ippon Kumite (semi free sparring). This was followed by Katas’ Empi for both Brown and Black Belts, with the Dan Grades then also studying Kata Meikyo.
Photo: Eric Austin-Coskry (Foreground) with Aya Rainer in background performing Kata Empi
Photo: Tate Shuto chudan uchi uke
(L-R) Chris Mulville (Canterbury), Richard Naylor-Jones and Steve Hunt (Ipswich)
Photo: Mokusu - the class finishes with the students having a brief moment of meditation to calm the body and mind at the end of the class.
We would like to give a special 'Thank you' to all those Karateka that supported the course especially those who traveled from other KUGB clubs to train with Sensei Brennan. We look forward to hosting Sensei Brennan again next year in Chelmsford (dates/venue to be confirmed).
Photo: KUGB England Squad Members with England Junior Team Coach Sensei Frank Brennan. (L-R) Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Somers (Ipswich), Sensei Frank Brennan, Teah Pope and Jamie Lottering.
Photo: Chelmsford's Senior Instructors with Sensei Brennan (L-R) Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones, Sensei Frank Brennan, Sensei Dot Naylor and Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones