On Saturday 30th November, Some of our members travelled to Egham in Surrey to train with two of the most well-renowned Karate Instructors in the World, Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), the first Shotokan Black Belt in the UK and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan), the man the Japanese Team trained to beat at the World Championships in 1990.
The opportunity to train under these great men was not to be missed and these courses are free, but it was also an opportunity for our members to grade for their Black Belts. The KUGB holds very high technical standards and Black Belt gradings can only be taken on the KUGB’s Black & Brown Belt Courses.
After an excellent training course the six members lined up, with some trepidation, to take their gradings. They had been working very hard over the past 6 months in preparation for this day and all that remained was for them to go out and do their very best.
Their hard work and dedication paid off with some outstanding performances in front of the Examiners.
At the end of the grading, Sensei Sherry was pleased to announce that all six had passed. Callum (13) and brother Harry Brew (9), Cameron Pendrous (11), Rahul Patel (16) and Layla Barrett (14) had all passed their Shodan grade - 1st Dan and Nicholas Nelson (16) had passed his Nidan grade – 2nd Dan. Layla, in fact, joins twin brothers Marley and Theo and big sister, Maia, making it 4 black belts in the family.
The six were then congratulated by the large following of Chelmsford teammates, friends and family.
Sensei Richard and Sensei Jane both attended the course to train and support them, but Sensei Richard, as Southern Region Chair, was officiating at the event and Refereeing all of their fights. He said “All six were fantastic! Each of them have been on their own individual journey and we are very pleased with all of them and are very proud of their success,. The hard work doesn’t stop here, Karate is a lifelong study and we look forward to seeing them all develop further over the years to come."
Congratulations to you all.