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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Team GB hopeful Joe Kellaway puts on masterclass with PRO-Karate Academy at Herts and Essex High School in Bishop's Stortford




An Olympic hopeful helped put Herts and Essex High School pupils through their paces in a series of action-packed sessions.

Joe Kellaway, who is hoping to represent Team GB when karate makes its Games debut in Tokyo this summer, passed on his wisdom to Year 8 PE students.

He ran the classes alongside PRO-Karate Academy chief instructor Chelsea Sydes and her fellow instructors Harry Marsden and Ross Pryce in the dojo at the school's new sports centre in Beldams Lane.

The PRO-Karate Academy coaches and Team GB hopeful Joe Kellaway with the Herts and Essex students (28581596)
The PRO-Karate Academy coaches and Team GB hopeful Joe Kellaway with the Herts and Essex students (28581596)

The four one-hour sessions focused on pad work, reaction and kata basics as they taught the girls all about the self-defence element of karate as well as the sporting and competitive side.

Herts and Essex already hold an after-school club with Sensei Marsden, which is a great way for the girls to start.

"It's great for a secondary school to welcome us in and give the girls an opportunity to try something different to what they are used to," said Sensei Sydes.

Team GB hopeful Joe Kellaway at Herts and Essex (28581589)
Team GB hopeful Joe Kellaway at Herts and Essex (28581589)

"Learning to defend yourselves is a huge advantage in this day and age and it's great the schools are so supportive.

"With karate debuting in the Olympics this summer this is a huge year for Joe trying to qualify, so for him to find the time out of his busy schedule was fantastic and a real inspiration for the girls."

Visit www.pro-karate.co.uk for more information about PRO-Karate Academy, which runs classes all over Hertfordshire and Essex, including the offer of a free month's trial.


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