On Sunday 29 June, Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), traveled to Chelmsford to hold a Special Training Course and Kyu Grading Examination. This took place at Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.
Many will know that Sensei Sherry was 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.
His reputation precedes him and as a result there were over 130 Karateka in attendance for the two Training sessions. Amongst whom were Club Instructors and Students traveling from all over the South East of England.
The day started with Sensei Sherry teaching the Black and Brown Belts. They were put through their paces covering Kihon, Advanced Kumite techniques and Katas: Jitte and Jiin.
Photo: Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) with the Black and Brown Belts Class
Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin University - 29 June 2014
Then this was immediately followed by a training session for All Grades from Beginner through to Black belt. Many of the Brown and Black from the first Class took the opportunity to continue training and have an additional session with Sensei Sherry.
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. The Black belts accordingly went through the Dan Grading Syllabus.
Photo: Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) with the All Grade Class
Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin Universtiy - 29 June 2014
Immediately following the training sessions the Kyu Grading examination began. The Grading was well attended with over 80 Students Grading from Chingford Tora, Ipswich Higashi, Makenki, Shin Gi Tai, Sudbury and, of course, Chelmsford.
The grading was a great success so well done to everyone who participated.
Please note there will be an Award Ceremony this Sunday on 6 July at the Chelmsford Dojo, Dovedale Sports Centre, where our successful students will be presented with their certificate. More details will appear on our Events page.
Below are the Kyu Grading results for Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club:
9th Kyu - Orange Belt
Henry Childs (t)
Mohammed Daud (t)
Ramona McCullough (t)
8th Kyu - Red belt
Ryan Dearlove (t)
Dillon Murphy (t)
7th Kyu- Yellow Belt
Jonathan Crisp (t)
Chloe Ing (t)
Eddie Pickwick (t)
5th Kyu - Purple Belt
Umar Sultonov (t)
4th Kyu - Purple/White Belt
Jack Brinded (t)
3rd Kyu - Brown Belt
Meernan Jeevaresan (t)
Shagilan Jeevaresan (t)
2nd Kyu Brown/White Belt
1st Kyu- Brown/2 White stripes Belt