October 2023 DAN GRADING //
3 successful Shodan passes //
On Wednesday 18th October 2023 three Karate-ka from the Shotokan Karate Ryu faced a rigorous black belt grading 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 in traditional Karate-do to the grading panel. Despite the intense, demanding nature of the grading, each Karate student demonstrated outstanding skill and determination, exceeding all expectations.
With three students vying for Dan gradings and five preparing for their own test in April next year, 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 the 12 Karate Katas required for Black belt, 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 Karate Students. Their perseverance and determination was truly outstanding. They should all be proud of their achievements. Their dedication and perseverance to traditional Karate-do is an inspiration to all of us.”
Following the examination, the panel carefully considered the performance of each candidate and awarded the rank of 1st Dan to Adele Ward and junior students Rees Green and Katie Leslie.
Rees Green is now the 50th student to graduate from the Tiger Tots program, developed by Sensei Donna Ring (5th Dan) in 2004 for children aged 4 to 6, to participate in the ancient art of Karate-Do. The Tiger Tots programme is unique and offers young students an incredible start on their path to black belt.
For Adele, Rees and Katie 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 Karate Students. Their perseverance and determination was truly outstanding. They should all be proud of their achievements. Their dedication and perseverance to traditional Karate-do is an inspiration to all of us.”