Relatively early on in the formation of Karate in the UK, Charles Naylor was a 1st Dan Blackbelt, having graded under Master Nakayama a year earlier, and Dot Naylor had become one of the first women Karateka in the country.
Both had embraced and immersed themselves into the world of Karate, training regularly under Sensei Enoeda ('their Sensei').
So, when the family moved from Liverpool to Essex, after having run a very successful club in St Helens, it was no surprise that Chelmsford Karate Club was established in 1967!
The Club began initially at the YMCA in Chelmsford, which is still there today.
Sensei Dot was dedicated to proving that females firmly belong in Karate. She graded to 3rd Dan Black Belt, becoming one of the highest graded females in Europe.
Under Sensei Enoeda, with Sensei Charlie also on the table, Jane Naylor took her 1st Dan Black Belt Grading.
She describes Sensei Charlie as "blatantly pushing his chair away from the examiner's table, as if to say he wanted no say over whether she passed or not."
She passed her Black Belt Grading May 13th, 1977, which also happened to be Sensei Charlie's birthday.
On the 14th of May, 1981, Jane Naylor graded to 2nd Dan Black Belt under Sensei Enoeda.
On the 10th of May, 1981, Jane Naylor graded to 3rd Dan Black Belt under Sensei Enoeda.
1983-1991- National Squad, Kata and Kumite
1984- Judges Qualification
1988- Referees Qualification (both one of the first women)
2017- Chief Instructors
On the ____________ Jane Naylor-Jones gained her Instructor's Qualification. She had been teaching for many years, since she was a Yellow Belt, however the actual Qualification did not exist until 2002. As a 3rd Dan, this made her a Senior Instructor at Chelmsford SKC.
On the 8th of October, 2005, Jane Naylor-Jones graded to 4th Dan Black Belt under Sensei Sherry, with Sensei Charlie and Sensei Poynton also on the examiner's table.
Also during 2005 Jane became a Qualified KUGB Assessor, meaning that she could assess those taking Instructor Qualifications and reward with said qualifications.
On the 6th of October, 2012, Jane Naylor-Jones graded to 5th Dan Black Belt under Sensei Sherry, with Sensei Brennan and Sensei Poynton also on the examiner's table.
In May of 2018, Sensei Jane was rewarded with her KUGB Long-Standing Member (LSM) Certificate as recognition for her 50 years of training and membership of the KUGB.
In the Summer of 2010 Jane and Richard would move back to England and begin teaching at the club again. They came back to around 20-30 members. (For reference, we have over 200 members!)