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2017 Spring Karate Course

The Spring Karate Course is a regular feature on many Karateka's calendars.  Held in the beautiful setting of Torbay, the course is also known as 'Train with the Champions' as it is hosted by the top six Senior Instructors in the KUGB who are all former successful International Competitors. They are: Andy Sherry (9th Dan), Terry O'Neill (8th Dan), Bob Poynton (8th Dan), Bob Rhodes (8th Dan), Billy Higgins (8th Dan) and Frank Brennan (8th Dan).

The course continues to grow with more 200 Karateka from all over the UK and abroad training each day with these Karate Masters.  In addition, there were a number of people locally who attended individual sessions.

At the start of the week Sensei Poynton took the opportunity to welcome everyone and to invite them to attend the Course's Social Evening.  The Social Evening helps everyone settle into the demanding week, make new friends and catch up with old ones, and in particular helps those attending for the first time to get to know what else to do in their free time at this beautiful holiday location.

The week was designed to allow those attending to immerse themselves into the world of top class Karate. First of all, there were nine lessons training twice a day Monday to Thursday and on Friday the course ended with the final session.  Classes are divided into groups in accordance with grades (from Novice to Black Belt) and there is the opportunity to train with each of these inspirational Instructors.

Each lesson was structured to ensure equal emphasis was placed on the correct learning and development of the fundamentals of Kihon, Kata and Kumite. As the Senior Instructors rotated they brought to each class their individual style, strengths and experiences to maximize the benefit to their students (whether novice or seasoned Black Belt).  On Tuesday and Wednesday, in addition to their normal classes, Senseis Sherry and Brennan also held two special additional classes for those students preparing to take Dan gradings in the near future.

Additional Bo classes (Japanese Fighting Staff) taught by Sensei Ian MacLaren, as well as lectures from Sensei MacLaren and Sensei Ivan Birch, complimented this core programme.

A Kata competition was held on the Thursday afternoon for three different grade categories - Novice to 4th Kyu, Brown Belts and Black Belts. For some, this was their first taste of competition and many commented that the support given by both other course participants and the Senseis helped in calming their nerves. (The results of which you can see at the end of this report).

With the course coming to a conclusion, there was a Grading held on the Friday. Congratulations to all those students who were successful in achieving Kyu, 1st and 2nd Dan Grades.

As usual it was a fantastic week and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the training.  Sensei Andy Sherry, on behalf of the other Senior Instructors, said "We would like to thank everyone who attended the course, we were all very pleased with the dedication and enthusiasm of all those who trained. Furthermore, we would also like to congratulate those who competed in the Competition on Thursday and those who Graded on Friday. There has already been a lot of positive feedback and people are asking when the next one is".

Thank you also to all of the volunteers who helped during the week and the many friends and families who came with those that trained, making up our #KUGBFamily.

Sensei Sherry, Sensei O'Neill, Sensei Poynton, Sensei Rhodes, Sensei Higgins and Sensei Brennan are all #proudtobeKUGB and they are looking forward to this year's Summer Course in Lancaster.

Quote from Jim Mateer, Backwell SKC
As a family we have attended the course for anumber of years and it has become a highlight of our calendar, especially as it is so well organized and attended and we get time to socialize with our wider KUGB Family.

The week is focused on improving our Karate skills, aided by the finest instruction, but the training schedule provides for a good balance between Karate and relaxation, making it a great week to engage in quality family time.

One of the strengths of the KUGB comes from having Senior Instructors that are passionate about improving students and that have a lifetime of experiences that allow them to focus instruction to individuals, regardless of age, ability and/or level of experience.  Roll on next year!.



2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan
Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Terry O'Neill, 8th Dan
Sensei Terry O'Neill, 8th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Bob Poynton, 8th Dan
Sensei Bob Poynton, 8th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Bob Rhodes, 8th Dan
Sensei Bob Rhodes, 8th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Billy Higgins, 8th Dan
Sensei Billy Higgins, 8th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan
Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Black Belts Kata Practice

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Black Belts Kata Practice

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Brown Belts Kumite Practice

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Kata Competition Winners
Kata Competition Winners

 

2017 Spring Karate Course : Mokuso
Mokuso