Tiger Tots to Black Belts //

A Remarkable Journey //

On a sunny Sunday in June, the Shotokan Karate Ryu club celebrated a remarkable achievement – the 150th black belt pass. This milestone was made even more special as three of the successful candidates, Noah Mason, Blythe Hookham, and Henry Mills, are all graduates of the club’s Tiger Tots program.

The Tiger Tots program, designed for children as young as four years old, has been an integral part of these three students’ journey to black belt. Noah, who started his training in 2015, and Blythe and Henry, who both started in 2014, have shown exceptional dedication, discipline, and passion for Karate throughout their journey.

The grading session was a rigorous examination that tested the candidates on Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (formal Exercises), and Kumite (Sparring). It wasn’t just a test of their physical skills, but also their understanding of Karate techniques and terminology, challenging them mentally as well.

Noah, Blythe, and Henry demonstrated their skills with impressive determination and perseverance. Their performance was praised by Sensei Michael Ring, 7th Dan, who 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.”

This achievement marks a significant milestone not only for Shotokan Karate Ryu but also for the Tiger Tots program. The success of these three students is a testament to the effective foundation the Tiger Tots program provides to its students.

We congratulate Noah, Blythe, and Henry on their immense achievement and look forward to witnessing their further growth as martial artists. Their journey from Tiger Tots to black belts serves as an inspiration to all young Karate students.