SEPTEMBER 2023 KYU GRADING //

GRADING CANDIDATES //

“This grading was a great demonstration of the dedication and hard work SKR students put into their training. Students and parents should be proud of their achievements.”

Sensei Michael Ring

7th Dan

Karate-ka from the Bishops Stortford based Shotokan Karate Ryu gathered at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet on Sunday, September 10th, for the quarterly Kyu (coloured belt) grading. The grading was led by Sensei Michael Ring (7th Dan) and Sensei Donna Ring (5th Dan), who have a combined teaching experience of over 45 years in traditional Shotokan Karate.

The Kyu grading involved a rigorous assessment of Kihon (basics), Kata (formal exercises), and Kumite (sparring drills) to determine the students’ new grades. The event showcased the dedication and hard work of the participants, resulting in a rare and impressive 100% pass rate.

The grading began with the youngest members of the club, the Tiger Tots, aged between 4-6 years. The Tiger Tots program, created by Sensei Donna in 2004, is approaching its 20th successful year. By contrast the Grading concluded with brown belts demonstrating their ability in Shiai Kumite (free fighting).

Sensei Michael commented: “This grading was a great demonstration of the dedication and hard work SKR students put into their training. Students and parents should be proud of their achievements. ”

The Shotokan Karate Ryu school, established in 2003, is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Throughout the past two decades, the school has been dedicated to teaching traditional Shotokan Karate and fostering personal growth in its students. With a focus on mental discipline, physical strength, and spiritual development, the school aims to instill values of respect, perseverance, and self-confidence.