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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: 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)
Photo: Black and Brown Belts middle and back rows. Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling
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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: Sensei Sherry (Left) teaching the Low Grades of all ages. Photo courtesy of Steve Dowling.
Photo: 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.
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
Alexander Dearlove (T)
Kuntur Suarez (T)
8th Kyu - Red belt
7th Kyu- Yellow Belt
Ryan Dearlove (T)
6th Kyu- Green Belt
Jonathan Crisp (T)
Eddie Pickwick (T)
5th Kyu - Purple Belt
Chloe Ing (T)
3rd Kyu - Brown Belt
Umar Sultonov (T)
1st Kyu- Brown/2 White stripes Belt