April 2014 Black Belt Grading

Having passed their assessments the previous month, Dave Gibbs from Ware and Turnford Dojo’s and Steven Porter from Stevenage Dojo were ready for their chance to become Region 20’s newest Black Belts.

The grading was held on Saturday 26th April 2014 at Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield. The grading started with everyone setting the standard high during the basics section which included line drills as well as combinations.

After a short break everybody lined up for kata. Starting at Taigyoku Shodan. Everyone had to go through all kata up to and including Empi before being divided into regional groups for their individual grade kata.

Finally, after another short break came kumite which lasted for some time. Both Dave and Steven did incredibly well throughout the grading and did themselves and the region proud.

It was a pleasure to see these two achieve such a high grade and I’m sure they will both go on to much higher Dan grades in the future

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach