Chelmsford SKC News Article

On Sunday 8 February, 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 Dovedale Sports Centre, 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. 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 a large number of Karateka in attendance for the two Training sessions.  Amongst whom were Club Instructors and Students traveling from all over the South East of England.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto: Sensei Sherry (left) with Chelmsford's Senior Instructor Team. (L-R) Sensei Dot Naylor, Jane Naylor-Jones and Richard Naylor-Jones.  Note Sensei Jane is holding the Essex Chronicle Sports Award 'Team of the Year' which we received in January.


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: Jion and Jiin.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto:  Sensei Sherry (left) works with Chelmsford and KUGB England Squad Members Jack Hillsden (pictured middle) and Eric Austin-Coskry (right) on their Kumite skills - (Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling) 


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto:  Black and Brown Belts middle and back rows.  Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling


        13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 February

Photo:  Matthew Dowling (Chelmsford)  (left) using Yoko geri kekomi defending an attack from Jamie Lottering (Chelmsford and KUGB England Squad Member).  Photo Courtesy of Steve Dowling.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto:  Black and Brown Belts at the end of the first Training Session with Sensei Sherry


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.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto:  Sensei Sherry (Left) teaching the Low Grades of all ages.  Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 FebruaryPhoto:  Sensei Sherry helping one of our youngest members with his blocking techniques. Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling


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.


13 February 2015: Training and Grading with Sensei Sherry 9th Dan - Sunday 8 February

Photo:  Mokusu - End of the Training session


Immediately following the training sessions the Kyu Grading examination began.  The Grading was well attended with over 50 Students Grading from Blue Tiger, Shin Gi Tai, Shoeburyness, 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 15 February 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

Evie Bateman

Rosie Bateman

Vincent Cole

Peter Crisp

Rebekah Crisp

Alexander Dearlove (T)

Alexandra Ferguson

David Jeffery

Gayle Payne

Saul Peacock

William Reynolds

Patricia Roza

Kuntur Suarez (T)

Priscila Suarez

 

8th Kyu - Red belt

Calum Brown

Simone Brown

Samuel Ferguson

Amaan Merchant

Shayaan Merchant

Alicia Willis

 

7th Kyu- Yellow Belt

Ryan Dearlove (T)

Jon Glover

Tom Glover

Luca Murphy

 

6th Kyu- Green Belt

Jonathan Crisp (T)

Lauren Jenkins

Eddie Pickwick (T)

 

5th Kyu - Purple Belt

Rosa Conley

John Dunbar

Joseph Dunbar

Caitlin Glover

Chloe Ing (T)

 

3rd Kyu - Brown Belt

Anya Dunbar

Lee Rifat

Serdar Rifat

Umar Sultonov (T)

Jack Brinded

 

1st Kyu- Brown/2 White stripes Belt

Ella Roberts