Congratulations to Dan Boswell on achieving his 2nd Dan. Dan who has been training since the age of 5 has recently returned from studying karate in Japan and Okinawa.
Being kept busy following grading
Some succesful kobudo students
Celebrating by throwing their old belts in the air.
Jackson King and Aaron Rose who passed their Black Belt grading after 6 years of training (several times a week) and after giving their all at the grading itself.
Thanks to all who help out on the day, the fair and lovely registration officials (Faith, Hope and Charity), Wayne and his First Aid expertise and all the Blackbelts who give up their time to watch others suffer!
A couple of your sparring opponents sizing each other up
A bit more sparring.
Adults warming up for their grading while we get a glimpse of some the youngsters waiting to see who has been awarded best grading candidate awards.
Sessen Ryu gradings take place on the last Sunday in October, February and June at the Eversley Leisure Centre, Crest Avenue, Pitsea.
Junior and kobudo gradings commence at 9.30am in the main hall of the Eversley Centre.
Children of 11 years and over and who are attending secondary school are required to take a cadet grading commencing at 11am.
All candidates will need to have an up to date licence which should be submitted to their Sensei prior to grading. An up to date licence should have a current slip from FEKO in the back of the licence. Students should have sufficient attendance marked down in their licence before being considered for grading, in addition to being able to perform required techniques. Children going for yellow belt and above will need to bring their own named sparring mitts.
Awards will be presented on the day for the best techniques and kata in each section along with the best at sparring.
Parents please check with your child's Sensei to see if there are any extended or additional classes they can attend in the run-up to the grading. The more confident your child is of the techniques required - the better they will be able to perform on the day. For instructor contact details please refer to club locations page.
The adult grading will commence separately at 11am.
Two young blackbelts following their grading several years ago. They are continuing to train hard and fulfill the expectation of wearing their Black Belt weekly in the dojo, which isn't always easy. It's our belief that to be a blackbelt you have to wear a black belt - having it hanging in the wardrobe doesn't count (unless you want to say I was a black belt!)....... Well done you are an inspiration to those who train alongside you.