I have just had the immense pleasure of spending a day in the home of Dot Naylor = Wife of the late and world respected Charlie Naylor of KUGB General Committee Fame - R.I.P.
Dot was the first Lady Blackbelt in Europe.
She is 78 years old and STILL Teaching and training.
She is a very healthy looking and kind BUT spirited Lady who was simply fantastic to talk to and spend time with.
Dot's anecdotal Stories of Legendary Japanese Masters whom have been CLOSE Family Friends are mesmerising. She still refers to Master Enoeda as 'K' his nickname used by family and VERY close friends and she had me in stitches with tales of various Japanese Instructors who descended upon her home over many decades (12 for lunch one Christmas Day for example!! )
Shall i try and get this awesome woman to do an interview for the OSS site?
and I wish to record my sincere thanks to Jane Naylor - Jones, her Hubby Richard and beautiful Daughter Megan for their kindness and hospitality and a Special Thanks to Dot who was simply INSPIRING! XXXX
Andy - She was simply - well wonderful. I enjoyed my time with her so much I didn't want to leave - not only because of her anecdotes but also because she was one of those people who were simply so nice to be with and so VERY interesting to talk to about so many different things. Her Garden is huge but immaculate and so full of living things (including huge fish in her little Pond but she tends it all herself! She is also very kind (Mothering us all the time) and also naughtiliy hilarious with the things she comes out with - A Total JOY!
But as your the only one to respond Andy - she may feel there is no interest Hint Hint everyone else!
Steve you are a most fortunate man to be able to spend time with history. I certainly enjoy when you relate to your experiences with karateka who have helped pave the way for what a lot of people take for granted today. Please if you can, it would be a fantastic interview!! Not only to hear how it was in the early days of karate in the UK, but how was it being a woman. There are women in my age group who had obstacles to train & compete the way that they truly wanted to ( the way that we do today ), I can only imagine the stories that she can relate. Also her personal experiences with the masters when they were young must have been extraordinary. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jane Naylor-Jones, albeit electronically & I must say `Respect`. It would be an honour to learn more about this karate family.. Osu Paul B
Well guys - to give you a little hint of this family's Karate 'history'
Jane was a long term member of the UK Shotokan national team, her hubby is a very accomplished Karateka, her little daughter Megan was very proud to tell me she has just achieved 7th Kyu ( she is also an amazingly talented artist for her tender age) and Dot is tip top full of anecdotes thaqt are IMMENSELY INTERESTING and often so funny you end up coughing and breathless with laughter!
If i am to ask this wonderful lady and her amazing family - who still work together to run a VERY succesful Karate clcub - to open up for us I hope you will ALL contact them and send sincere thanks - watch this space!