Chelmsford Karate Club achieved a record seven Black Belt passes following a week’s residential course in Devon. Ben Pickwick, plus father and son Ian and Matthew Gilbert all passed their First Dan Black belt examination whilst Lisa Ironman, Wayne Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Connor Payne successfully passed Second Dan Black belt.
Photo: The Magnificent Seven....(L-R) Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones, Lisa Ironman, Connor Payne, Matthew Gilbert, Ian Gilbert, Megan Naylor-Jones, Ben Pickwick, Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones and Wayne Lottering
The Chelmsford group, along with a further twenty-one Students and Instru.ctors, traveled to Paignton, in Devon, for a week long course with the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) Senior Instructors. The KUGB, as the largest single style Karate organization in the UK, have a strong team of world famous Karate Masters and twice a year they all come together to hold a residential course for Karate enthusiasts from the UK and abroad.
Over the past months, the seven examinees had been working very hard towards their Grading examination and their attendance on the course gave them the opportunity to train with five of the UK’s most experienced Karate Instructors as they made their final preparations. The course itself entailed nine lessons (Monday to Friday) for all participants, plus two extra sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday for those planning to grade. So by the time the Friday examination took place the seven had lived, eaten and slept Karate.
All seven performed extremely well under the watchful eyes of grading examiners Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Chief Instructor and Chairman of the KUGB and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) England Junior Squad Coach. Both levels of gradings were very demanding and they all responded positively with a strong attitude and martial spirit. At the end of the grading, Sensei Sherry was pleased to announce that all seven had passed. They were then congratulated by the large following of Chelmsford teammates, friends and family.
CSKC Instructor Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), who attended the residential course to both train and support them, said “All seven were magnificent, for them to all go as a group and to all pass was fantastic. Well done."
The Club continues to grow from strength to strength and these students are part of a large group of Black belt members, both male and female from age 10 through to 82 years old, who train at the Chelmsford Club.