Category: Grading

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

April 2014 Regional Grading

Congratulations to everyone who attended the grading on Sunday 13th April. It was great to see such a great standard on the day with everyone pushing themselves from the start.

Well done to the following students for reaching their next level:

8th Kyu (Yellow)
Alyssa Sim
Betty Byrne
Daniel Cuffin
Darren Byrne
Geraldine Temple
Harry Richards
James Rona-Wood
Jayden Basa
Jenhiel Basa
Jenson Basa
Jill Byrne
Kathleen Temple
Martin Temple
Sam Goddard

7th Kyu (Orange)
Matt Griffiths

6th Kyu (Green)
Elliott King

5th Kyu (Blue)
Emma Watson
Sydney Watson-Webb

4th Kyu (Red)
Alan Rider
Thomas Holt

I would also like to congratulate the following students that passed their assessments and will be back next month for their 3rd Kyu (Brown belt) grading:
Brooke Godber
Maddy Evans
Shannon Smith

The next grading will be on Sunday 11th May. Don’t forget, for those students 3rd Kyu and above, we have a special advanced class after the grading between 4pm and 5.30pm for anyone wanting to get some more advanced training.

The winner of this months beginners draw was Cian Swede (WGC dojo) who has won a months free training.

Yours in Karate-Do
Sensei Matt Leach

December 2013 Black Belt Grading

Having passed their assessments the previous week, Sensei James Cronin from Ware and Turnford Dojo’s and Becky Andrewartha from Welwyn Garden, Hertford and Turnford Dojo’s were ready for their chance to become Region 20’s next Black Belts.

The grading was held on Saturday 14th December at Birchwood Leisure Centre and started promptly at 1pm. The standard was very high with everyone showing excellent technique throughout the basics section of the grading.

Students where then put through their paces with 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 came kumite which lasted for some time. Both James and Becky 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