APRIL 2023 DAN GRADING //

6 successful Shodan passes //

On 26th April six exceptional junior students faced a rigorous black belt grading in Shotokan Karate under the watchful eyes of senior examiners Sensei Michael Ring, Sensei Donna Ring and Sensei John Park, who brought over 90 Years experience of training to the panel. Despite the intense, demanding nature of the grading, each of these young Karate students demonstrated outstanding skill and determination, exceeding all expectations.

With six students vying for Dan gradings, the atmosphere in the dojo was tense and charged with nervous anticipation. During the examination students were tested on a variety of skills, including their understanding of terminology by performing Kihon drills delivered in Japanese, their knowledge of 12 Karate Katas, and set-defences against 9 different attacks. The candidates partnered up for Kumite drills, showcasing their ability to seamlessly adapt to different fighting styles. The examination culminated in free-style fighting with each candidate battling consecutive opponents.

The panel praised the candidates, saying, “we have rarely seen such a dedicated group of young Karate Students. Their perseverance and attention to detail were truly outstanding. The parents of these young students should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Their dedication and effort to Shotokan Karate has been an inspiration to all of us.”

 

Congratulations go to Sophie Standish (13), Ruan Kellard (13), Daniel Mowbray (16), Leo Jackson (11), Ethan Pelly (14), and Tyler Aldridge (11) for successfully achieving their black belt rank of ShoDan (1st Dan). This accomplishment is a testament to their unwavering commitment, discipline, and passion for traditional Karate. As they celebrate this milestone, we wish them continued success in their future endeavours and look forward to witnessing their further growth as martial artists.

“We have rarely seen such a dedicated group of young Karate Students. Their perseverance and attention to detail were truly outstanding. The parents of these young students should be incredibly proud of their achievements

Sensei Michael Ring

7th Dan

A special thank-you to Mark & Jo Boden from the Three Willows, Birchanger for hosting our post grading celebratory meal. Great food and great service as always.