On Saturday 31 October 2015, Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) held two training sessions at the Mildmay Sports Centre, Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
Photo: Sensei Brennan (right) demonstrating a block and counter to the class
Photo: Sensei Brennan helping a student with their technique and form
Students from Christ Church Canterbury University, Ipswich Higashi, Makenki, Milton Keynes, Red Triangle (Liverpool), Stock, Shin Gi Tai, Stoke By Nayland, Sudbury and, of course, Chelmsford all arrived eager to train with Sensei Brennan.
Photo: Group with Sensei Brennan
The first session was open to all grades from Beginner through to Black Belt. In this class Sensei Brennan worked on some basic punching and blocking combinations followed by a focus on Kihon Ippon Kumite (one attack sparring). Sensei Brennan emphasised the speed and power combined with the correct technique to ensure those in attendance developed their self defence skills against a variety of different attacks.
Photo: Yoi - class ready
Photo: Empi (elbow strike) counter attack
Photo: Sensei Brennan takes time to coach a couple of our younger students
In the Black & Brown Belt class, the techniques and combinations were more advanced with the expectations and demands of the students far greater. Sensei Brennan focused on the preparation and execution of both kicking and punching techniques. Students paired up to practice the drills that then evolved into Jiyu Ippon Kumite (semi free sparring).
Photo: Senior Black belts sparring
Photo: Junior Black belts sparring
At the end of the class Sensei Brennan tested the students by getting them to face a line up against multiple opponents to test not only the physical skills and stamina but also the mental attitude with such a strenuous exercise.
Photo: Line up 'zigzags'
We would like to give a special 'Thank you' to all those Karateka that supported the course especially those who traveled from other KUGB clubs to train with Sensei Brennan. The Club has built an excellent relationship with this world famous Karate Master and look forward to hosting Sensei Brennan again next year in Chelmsford (dates/venue to be confirmed).