On Saturday 6 December, students from Chelmsford SKC traveled to Guildford, Surrey, to train on the KUGB's Free Black and Brown Belt Course with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (7th Dan). In addition, to the two Training sessions, there was also the important matter of the Dan Grade Examinations for which we had three people enter and all three passed!
Photo: Three out of three! (L-R) Sensei Sherry, Aya Rainer, Romilly Pope, Emma Burke and Sensei Frank Brennan after a successful day in Guildford.
The day started with the first training session aimed at Brown Belts. We had traveled in numbers and had seven Students training in this session: Ben Pickwick, Romilly Pope, Ella Roberts, Jessica Steadman, Alasdair and Campbell Ward plus Black belt Rosie Caddy. The class was split into two; with those taking their Black Belt Grading later that day, and those not. Both Classes had the opportunity to train with both of the Senseis as they covered advanced Kihon, Kata Bassai Dai and Kumite.
Next was the Black Belt session. Training from Chelmsford SKC were Emma Burke, Rosie Caddy (again – well done for doing both sessions), Matthew Dowling, Jamie and Wayne Lottering, Connor Payne, Pamela Pickwick, Aya Rainer, Graham Skarott, Jane, Megan and Richard Naylor-Jones. The class was again divided in two with Sensei Sherry initially taking the 1st Dan’s and then Sensei Brennan teaching the 2nd Dans and above. Both classes covered advanced Kihon, Kata and Kumite. With the Senior Grades working on Kata Jitte.
For those watching (and participating) Sensei Brennan’s drill with the Senior Grades that involved three kicks with the same leg mawashi geri chudan, then jodan followed by ushirogeri jodan, empi chudan, then empi jodan, followed by taisho combined with an ashi combination showed how dynamic Karate is.
There was then a short interval before the Dan Grading examination.
Photo: Ladies in waiting - (L-R) Romilly, Aya and Emma wait to hear the results of their exam
First on was Romilly Pope who was excellent throughout the exam and successfully passed her 1st Dan Black Belt.
Photo: Romilly Pope is congratulated by Examiners Sensei Brennan and Sensei Sherry
Photo: (L-R) Sensei Sherry, Romilly Pope and Sensei Brennan
This was then followed by the 2nd Dan Grading where Chelmsford candidates Emma Burke and Aya Rainer were put through an even tougher test by examiners Sensei Sherry and Sensei Brennan. Both performed to the high technical standard expected and successfully passed.
Photo: Emma Burke is congratulated by Sensei Brennan and Sensei Sherry
Photo: (L-R) Sensei Sherry, Aya Rainer and Sensei Brennan
Photo: (L-R) Sensei Sherry, Emma Burke and Sensei Brennan
Sensei Dot who attended the day was very pleased with all of them and said “Aya, Emma and Romilly have all been training and working really hard for a number of months prior to the examination. The fantastic results today are based on their passion, dedication and commitment to Karate not only recently but over a number of years. Well done!”