Chelmsford SKC News Article

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.

3 July 2014: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 29 June 2014Photo:  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.

3 July 2014: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 29 June 2014Photo: 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)

Sophie Higgs

Amelie Garnett

Ramona McCullough (t)

Luca Murphy

Toby Scarfe

Randall Stransky


8th Kyu - Red belt

Ryan Dearlove (t)

Jon Glover

Tom Glover

Dillon Murphy (t)

Matthew Tootill


7th Kyu- Yellow Belt

Rosa Conley

Jonathan Crisp (t)

John Dunbar

Joseph Dunbar

Caitlin Glover

Chloe Ing (t)

Eddie Pickwick (t)

Callum Tootill


5th Kyu - Purple Belt

Anya Dunbar

Teagan Elliott

Ian Hunt

Lee Rifat

Serdar Rifat

Umar Sultonov (t)


4th Kyu - Purple/White Belt

Jack Brinded (t)


3rd Kyu - Brown Belt

Farwa Jeddy

Meernan Jeevaresan (t)

Shagilan Jeevaresan (t)

Ella Roberts

Jason Tu

Leo Tu


2nd Kyu Brown/White Belt

Louise Filmer

Hussain Jeddy

Leah Rodrigues

Rob Selvage


1st Kyu- Brown/2 White stripes Belt

Millie Austin-Coskry

Alexander Lockett

Benjamin Pickwick

Alasdair Ward

Campbell Ward