On Sunday 9 February, Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), was in Chelmsford at Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin University.
Sensei Sherry was in 1966 Britain’s first Shotokan Black belt, he was a formidable competitor Internationally in both Kata and Kumite, winning his first European Kumite title in 1968 and going onto win other titles both individually and as a member of the British and England teams. He coaches and manages the KUGB England Squad and has consistently produced outstanding competitors at European and World Level. Last year alone, KUGB England achieved six European titles and five World titles. As a result of all of his achievements he is respected Worldwide as a Karate Master.
Photo: Sensei Sherry coaching Tom Jeffrey
His technical excellence and passion inspired over 130 Karateka to attend the two Training sessions with Instructors and Students traveling from all over the South East of England.
The day started with Sensei Sherry teaching the Black and Brown Belts.
Photo: (L-R) Jack Somers, Sharky Austin-Coskry and Eric Austin-Coskry
Photo: Front Megan Naylor-Jones performing Yoko Geri Kekomi Jodan (Side thrust kick strike to the head)
They were put through their paces covering Kihon, Advanced Kumite techniques and Katas: Bassai Sho and Chinte.
Photo: (L-R) Blackbelts Sharky Austin-Coskry, Wayne Lottering, Jamie Lottering and Andrew Steele (Ipswich Higashi) performing Gyaku-zuki (reverse punch)
Photo: (L-R) Steve Hunt (Ipswich Higashi), Antonio Cadeddu (Sudbury SKC), Ray Calleja (Canterbury SKC) Sharky Austin- Coskry and Jack Somers (Ipswich Higashi) performing gedan juji uke (Downward X Block) as part of Kata Heian Godan.
Photo: Jiyu Kumite (Freestyle Sparring) - (left) Jane Naylor-Jones and right Peter King (Stock SKC)
Photo: Black and Brown Belt Class with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) - Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Then this was immediately followed by a training session for All Grades from Beginner through to Black belt. Many of the Black and Brown belts from the first Class (who were not Grading today) took the opportunity to continue training and have an additional session with Sensei Sherry.
Photo: Orange Belts get ready to perfrom their Kata - Heian Shodan
Photo: Kyu Grades line upto face their opponents as Sensei explains what attacks they must prepare to defend.
Photo: 5th Kyu's (Purple belts) finishing kata Heian Godan (L-R) Jason Tu, Ella Roberts and Leo Tu.
With the Kyu Grading to follow immediately after the Training, Sensei Sherry took the class through the Kyu Grade Syllabus to ensure everyone was fully prepared for their examination.
Photo: Ian Gilbert (centre) along with his fellow Karateka in Kamae position ready to react to Sensei's count
The Black belts accordingly went through the Dan Grading Syllabus.
Photo: Performing Hidari chudan tate-zuki (strike right palm with left fist) in Kata Chinte. Front left Jack Somers (Ipswich Higashi) and right Graham Skarott (Stock SKC)
Photo: Sensei Sherry coaching Alex Lockett
Photo: All Grade Class with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) - Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Immediately following these two training sessions the Kyu Grading Examination began. The Grading was well attended with over 80 Students Grading from Ipswich Higashi, Maidstone, Shin Gi Tai, Sudbury and, of course, Chelmsford.
The grading was a great success so well done to everyone who participated.
Below are the Kyu Grading results for Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club:
Please note: there will be an Award Ceremony a week on Sunday (to allow for the School Half-term) on 23 February at the Chelmsford Dojo, Dovedale Sports Centre, where Sensei Dot Naylor, Chief Instructor of Chelmsford SKC will present our successful students with their certificate. More details will appear on our Events page.
9th Kyu - Orange Belt
Ryan Dearlove (t)
Dillon Murphy (t)
8th Kyu - Red belt
Jonathan Crisp (t)
Connor Stransky (t)
7th Kyu- Yellow Belt
James Mayne (t)
6th Kyu - Green Belt
Umar Sultonov (t)
5th Kyu - Purple Belt
Abhi Abidhar (t)
Jack Brinded (t)
4th Kyu - Purple/White Belt
3rd Kyu - Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Brown/White belt
1st Kyu- Brown/2 White stripes Belt
Matthew Gilbert (t)
Campbell Ward (t)