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SHOTOKAN KARATE RYU

YUDANSHA

1st Dan 133 students of which 69 junior

2nd Dan 31 students of which 7 junior

3rd Dan 11 students

4th Dan 3 students

5th Dan 1 student

 

SKR Instructors

With 50 years combined experience in the Martial Arts.

Sensei Michael Ring

6th Dan

 

Sensei Donna Ring

5th Dan

 

Successful Black Belt Passes

Shodan

Nidan

Sandan

Yondan

Godan

Lastest Dan Grade Story

On 11th May 2021 twelve students gathered at the SKR Hombu in Stansted Mountfitchet with three students attempting Dan gradings. The examination was Chaired by Sensei Michael Ring (6th Dan) with Sensei Donna Ring (5th Dan) and Sensei Stuart Trow (4th Dan) in support bringing 70 years combined experience to the panel. The SKR Honbu has been home to SKR for nearly 20 years and has witnessed countless Dan gradings since Sensei Michael’s began teaching classes there in 1997. This grading proved to be one of the most challenging. The atmosphere in the dojo from the start was extremely tense with Sempai Laura Herrod, Seery Moses and Amy Thorpe preparing to attempt 3rd Dan, 2nd Dan and 1st Dan respectively. Nine other Karate-ka who will attempt Dan gradings in October were also present to get a taste of what is to come.

Over the course of the next one and a half hours the Dan candidates and Karate-ka were put through a vigorous and exhausting examination of the knowledge and skill in Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (formal Exercises) and Kumite (Sparring). Senpai Laura was also given an oral examination on her understanding of Karate techniques and terminology as part of her 3rd Dan assessment.

Following the examination the panel considered the performance of each candidate and awarded: Laura Herrod 3rd Dan becoming the 11th SKR student to pass the landmark grade, Seery Moses joins 32 other SKR students in passing 2nd Dan while Amy Thorpe became the 133rd SKR student to pass 1st Dan.

Sensei Michael commented: “The performance of the Dan grade candidates stood out in what was one of the most challenging and demanding Dan gradings the Hombu has witnessed. Panel members commented that not only were the Dan grade candidates subjected to a merciless grading, but that they rose to the occasion and far exceeded expectations. Amy Thorpe as a 1st Dan pass stood out as an exemplar for the student who will attempt their own 1st Dan grading in October. Amy’s black belt was very well deserved and her parents should be very proud of her achievement.”

2022

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Amy Thorpe   

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Seery Moses 

 

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Laura Herrod

 

2021

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Poppy Lee   |     Kai Scheffer   |     Jacob Turvey    |     Massimiliano Verga   

 

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Ben Chan

 

2020

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Oliver Hunter   |     Olivia Bowen   |     Ariane Doughty    |     Luca Burli   |     Tristan Caiger   |     Cameron Lancaster   |     Connor Lancaster  |    Daniel Bresme-Dominguez 

Adults

Stuart Hunter  |    Alex Richardson   |     Paul Thomas   |     Tanys Lancaster   |     Bret Lancaster

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Junior

Ben Mellors  

Adult

Tim Mellors 

 

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Apostolos Zacharatos

 

YONDAN | 4th Dan

Stuart Trow

2019

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Sai Kandamath   |     Joshua Tanner

Adults

Lampros Gidarakos  |    Liam Dillon

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Juniors

Jack Ring   |   Ryan Ring

 

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Paul Walton

 

GODAN | 5th Dan

Donna Ring

“The Shotokan Karate Ryu is one of the outstanding clubs in England, with a standard of Karate that is 2nd to none. Dan gradings are designed to be tough, to test the calibre of students to the extreme, but SKR students keep rising to the challenge getting better and better each year.”

Sensei Sharkey, 9th Dan October 2016

“I have trained on and off for many years with different clubs never really advancing. Both of you have inspired and encouraged me to pursue my black belt, and the boys getting theirs on the same night was the icing on the cake.”

Chris Seal, 1st Dan – October 2016

“The Shotokan Karate Ryu is one of the outstanding clubs in England, with the highest standards of Karate from students and instructors.  The Shotokan Karate Ryu has a standard at black belt that any club would be proud of.”

Sensei Dave Sharkey, 9th Dan – October 2017

“This was another excellent result. The students attempting black belt demonstrated the strong technique and excellent control I have come to expect from the Shotokan Karate Ryu. It is good to see the already high standards at black belt being maintained. I was very pleased with the robust and spirited display of traditional Karate-do.”

Sensei Dave Sharkey, 9th Dan – April 2018

“I have immensely enjoy visiting the club over the last 14 years for Dan Gradings to watch the excellent standards of Karate. I know the club Sensei’s will continue to maintain standards to the benefit of the club and Karate-do as a whole.”

Sensei Dave Sharkey, 9th Dan – October 2017

2018

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Jack Fletcher   |   Sam Fletcher |  Charlie Jackson  |   Ben Tanner  |   Kellan Hookham

Hannah Davidson   |  Matthew Davidson |  Mark Pearce-Fordham  |   Dimitri Bobkov

Adults

Marcel Darski

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Laura Herrod    |  Simon Jones   |   Ben Chan |  Andy Crawford  |   Sylvia Raynor

 

2017

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Joe Berry   |   Seery Moses |   Sean Michael-Parra  |   Michael Dietel  |  Severin Fleet | Ben Mellors

Adults

Tim Mellors

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Apostolos Zacharatos   |   Jacqui Mauroo   |   Wesley Berry

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Suhail Nurbhai

 

2016

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Jack Ring   |   Ryan Ring |   Ryan Seal  |   Ethan Seal  | Danielle Lewis

Adults

Chris Seal   |   Laura Herrod  |  Ben Chan

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Juniors

Thomas Mauroo

Adults

Kevin Mauroo   |   Shaun Jackson   |   Paul Walton

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Stuart Trow

2015

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Isabel Smink   |   Jessica Utton |   Matthew Ryan

Adults

Sylvia Raynor   |   Jacqui Mauroo  |  Fiona Smink  |  Luc Smink   |  Apostolos Zacharatos

Wesley Berry   |  Andy Crawford  |  Tony Bellringer  |  Warick Porter

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Juniors

Lewis Trow

2014

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Jemima Bennett   |  Max Bennett |   Josh Curry  |  Robert Gillespie  |  Julian Longworth

Lewis Martin  |  Thomas Mauroo  |  Connor Robinson  |  Helena Scott-Stevens  | Heath Squire

Adults

Shaun Jackson  |   Kevin Mauroo  |  Paul Scott-Stevens |  Paul Walton

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Ben Clark  |  David Clark  | Adam Bennett

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Heather Mollison

YONDAN | 4th Dan

Donna Ring

2013

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Tristan Caiger   |  Brandon Ring  |  Joshua Wright  |  Alex Smink  |  Dhiraj Dutta

Adults

Simon Jones   |  Dev Dutta   |  Hugh Mallinson

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Stuart Trow   |  Steven Cowen   |  John Neil Park   |  Andrew Digby

YONDAN | 4th Dan

Keith Brewer

2012

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Harry Bennett   |  Imadh Ahmed   |  Lewis Trow   |  Thea Procter

Chantal During   |  Christopher Westwood   |  Ismail Ahmed

Adults

Adam Bennett   |  David Clark   |  David Sanford   |  Ben Clark

2011

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Steven Cowen  | Alex Mollison  | Sonny Sturgess

Adults

Stuart Trow  | Trevor Carr  | Andrew Digby

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Heather Mollison |  Gary Mansfield

2010

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Tara Geraghty  | Andrew Westwood  |  Adam Fairweather

Adults

Gullaime Ribot  |  Paul Chalk   | Ade Onitolo  | Samantha Fairweather  | Salaudin Ahmed  | Nick Ray

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Donna Ring  | Andrew Ng

GODAN | 5th Dan

Michael Ring

2009

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Simon Chapman   |  Danny Daniels  | John Neil Park   | Heather Mollison  | Graham Foxall

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Keith Brewer

2008

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Sean Geraghty   |  Christopher Brown

Adults

Gary Mansfield  |  David Howes

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Junior

Laurence Wilson

2007

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Andrew Brown  |  Melissa Brown

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Donna Ring

SANDAN | 3rd Dan

Paul Wilson

2006

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Ryan Johnson   |  Laurence Wilson

Adult

Shaun De Howes

2005

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Darren McGahan  |  James Parker  |  Aurelio Wood

2004

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Michael Headley  |  Matthew Ball  |  Lawrence Bradbrook

NIDAN | 2nd Dan

Joseph Hobbs  |  Paul Wilson

2003

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Juniors

Luke Gobel

Michael Aldridge

Matthew Williams

Adults

Donna Ring

Mark Shears

Paul Beech

2002

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Marchello Casale

Robert Spinks

Shaney Orrowe

2001

SHODAN | 1st Dan

Joseph Hobbs

Roger Mutonga

Part of the EKO

SKR has been part of the English Karate Organisation (EKO) and the European Karate Organisation for the last 15 years.

The Chief Instructor and Chairman is Sensei Dave Sharkey, 9th Dan.

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