Last week Members of Chelmsford SKC and their families (and dogs) took a trip to the South west and attended the Spring Karate Course in Paignton.
The Course participants from Chelmsford SKC included: Jamie Lottering, Wayne Lottering, Romilly Pope, Pamela Pickwick, Ella Roberts, Megan Naylor-Jones, Jane Naylor-Jones and Richard Naylor-Jones.
This course is an annual event that started way back in 1985. We can't work out if Jane Naylor-Jones was there but she certainly has been to numerous one's ever since, as has Richard Naylor-Jones.
The Course is also know as 'Train with the Champions' as there are six Senseis who are all former International Competitors, they are: Andy Sherry (8th Dan), Terry O'Neill (7th Dan), Bob Poynton (7th Dan), Bob Rhodes (7th Dan), Billy Higgins (7th Dan) and Frank Brennan (7th Dan). Classes are divided into groups in accordance with grades and the Senseis rotate each class so you have the opportunity to train with each of them.
The format is simple (if not exhausting) you train twice a day minimum, Monday to Thursday, extra training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday if you plan on grading soon, plus there is a Kata Competition on Thursday, Bo (Japanese Fighting Staff) sessions, two lectures, Instructor Exams (if required) and then on Friday only one training session followed by separate Kyu and Black belt gradings (if required).
The course is structured to ensure emphasis is placed on the correct learning and development of the fundamentals of Kihon, Kata and Kumite.
On the Thursday our juniors - Jamie Lottering, Romilly Pope Ella Roberts and Megan Naylor-Jones entered the Kata competition - which was open to all ages and the Blackbelt category included International Competitors. They all did very well with Ella Roberts coming 4th in the White to Purple Belt Category, Megan Naylor-Jones won the Brown belt Category and Jamie Lottering coming 4th in the Black belt Category.
Photo: Kata Winners (L-R) (Top) - Megan Naylor-Jones, Jamie Lottering (Bottom) Ella Roberts, Romilly Pope
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their weeks training. Immersed in Karate every day, almost every hour increased their knowledge, understanding and fitness (despite the abundant ice creams and fish n' chips).