Special well done to Alan who at 60 years was the oldest at the September grading. Alan has trained previously in two different karate styles and since starting at Shiryodo Karate a couple of months ago has put in an outstanding effort doing around 8Â classes a week. He was graded straight to yellow belt. Last week he did his first sparring class and found himself exhausted after the first round… following some advice on pacing himself he managed to continueÂ through the rest of the class. Â Allan isn’t the only person in his 60’s at Shiryodo karate but he is the first to skip straight to yellow belt, well done Alan.
Well done to everyone else who graded on the 10th September.
In the Dragons grading there where 8 people grading. There are lots of new students in the 4 – 7 age group, this grading saw 6 of them doing their first proper promotion to blue belt. It also had Archie grade to Junior yellow belt as he is now moving up to the youth classes. All the kids where really focused and did a great job of everything asked of them.
The main grading had 28 people grade, 14 senior and 14 youth. This year has seen a large intake in both the Senior and Youth programs, a lot of those are now doing their first or second gradings. Great to see lots of new motivated people starting to come up through the ranks. If you see new people coming along to class make sure you say hello and make them welcome.
Thank you also to all the black belts who came along and helped with the promotion and all those who came for the sparring. There are pictures from the grading on FACEBOOKÂ with more / hi-res pictures on GOOGLE
Osu Shihan Malcolm.