Family Achievements: 

Celebrating Successful Kyu Grading

“This grading was particularly challenging as we always strive to uphold the standards of Karate expected of the late great Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei. The students performed exceptionally well, with notable performances among the green and purple Belt groups.”

Sensei Michael Ring

7th Dan

As featured in the Bishops Stortford Independent:

On June 9, 2024, one hundred and twenty-eight Karate-ka from the Bishops Stortford based Shotokan Karate Ryu gathered at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet to participate in the quarterly Kyu (coloured belt) grading.

The grading was overseen by Senseis Michael Ring (7th Dan) and Donna Ring (5th Dan), who have over 40 years of combined experience in teaching traditional Shotokan Karate.

To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day a minute’s silence was held at the start of the grading. This solemn moment reminded us of the bravery and sacrifices made, setting a tone of respect and determination for the grading to follow.

The Kyu grading began at 9am and concluded at 1pm, during which students were evaluated on their Kihon (basics), Kata (formal exercises), and Kumite (sparring drills) for their new grades. The event was a great success with a 98% pass rate. Several students also attended to undertake a mock grading for their black belts later this year.

Sensei Michael observed, “This grading was particularly challenging as we always strive to uphold the standards of Karate expected of the late great Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei. The students performed exceptionally well, with notable performances among the green and purple Belt groups.”

Special mention goes to father and son duo, Charles and Ted Forrester, who both achieved their Orange belts. Similarly, mother and son team, Vicki and Connor Jacob, showcased their skills and dedication to Shotokan Karate during the grading and were awarded purple and white stripe and purple belt respectively. The progress of all students is exciting to observe, and anticipation is high for their continuing journey in Karate.