On Sunday 19 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 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.
The day started with Training for Black and Brown Belts followed by a second session for All Grades.
This was then followed by a training session for All Grades from White Belt through to Black Belt. With the Kyu Grading to follow immediately after the training session, Sensei Sherry took the class through the Kyu Grading syllabus covering all three fundamentals for their grade level. Whilst the Black belts were taken through a range of advanced Kihon, Kata and Kumite.
The grading was a great success so well done to everyone who participated. Also a big thank you to all those KUGB clubs and their students who traveled to take part in the days event.
A special well done to all the students from Chelmsford who took the Kyu Grade examination. This Sunday Sensei Dot Naylor will present our students with their certificate signed by both Sensei Sherry and Sensei Dot.