Former world champion visits Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 14:29 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 29 July 2015

Sensei Brennan.

Sensei Brennan.


Former world champion Sensei Frank Brennan visited the Scotch Horn Centre in Nailsea.

Nailsea & Backwell Karate Club members were treated to a special with English karate legend, Sensei Frank Brennan.

Former British, European and World Shotokan Karate champion, 8th Dan black belt Sensei Brennan led the British Shotokan Karate team to victory at the 1990 World Karate Championships, where the Japanese coach admitted that he was the one man that the Japanese team were specifically trained to beat.

This time, Sensei Brennan was teaching a sell-out event at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre - three hours of classes to help pass on his knowledge and expertise to karate exponents from across the South West of England who travelled for the event.

Those training were treated to a masterclass of karate, with technical advice given for kick combinations, including for spinning back kicks, spinning reverse roundhouse kicks and advanced kata.

Twenty-two Nailsea & Backwell members, ranging from age seven to 50-something, also had the opportunity to take their coloured belt grading exam under Sensei Brennan, with all 22 passing.

After demonstrating combinations of kicks, punches and blocks, they now get to wear their next colour belt, a stepping stone on their journey to black belt.

Nailsea and Backwell karate clubs continue to train throughout the summer and are currently accepting new starters. For more information visit or

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