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 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.
"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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