On Saturday 22 March Megan Naylor-Jones (14 years old) from Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club passed her Black Belt to become the families third generation of Female Black Belts, following in the footsteps of her mother Jane and Grandmother Dot Naylor.
Megans’ Grandmother, Dot Naylor in the Karate World is infamous as a pioneer of 'Women in Karate' and was one of the first women to be involved in Karate in the UK back in the 1960's. Dot is the Chief Instructor of Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club, established in 1967. She is 80 years old, a 3rd Dan Black Belt and still teaches twice a week. Her campaign for females to be allowed into the Karate World is featured in the book - 'You don't have to Dress to kill- Early female Shotokan Karateka of the British Isles (1957- 1966)' by Clive Layton and Dinushini Muthucumarana by SAISHO publications and furthermore her picture is on the front cover (see picture below).
Dot’s daughter and Megan’s mother, Jane Naylor-Jones,is a 5th Dan Black Belt, and former member of the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) British and England Team competing internationally for many years. Jane together with husband Richard (also a 5h Dan) help Sensei Dot to run the successful Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club.
Megan had to travel to Abingdon, Oxford to take her examination under Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) Chief Instructor of the KUGB, the largest single style Karate Organisation in the UK. Sensei Sherry is a world reknown Karateka and was the UK’s first ever Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.
Megan's success has created the third generation of female Black belts that spreads from 26 February 1970 (when Dot passed her Black belt) to present. Grandmother, mother and all of the family are very proud of Megan’s achievement ensuring the legacy of females in Karate continues.
Photo: (L-R) Jane Naylor-Jones, Megan Naylor-Jones, Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Dot Naylor