The quarterly grading examination held at the Long Melford Wado Ryu Karate Club saw some good results as students lined up to put their karate skills to the test.
The black belt examination panel was headed by English Karate Organisation’s senior instructor Sensei Jim Mead 7th Dan.
The grading lasted just over an hour-and-a-half. All students were tested to the full on all aspects of their karate, which included basic punches, kicks, blocks, ippon kumite, kumite sparring and kata.
Sensei Jim was very impressed with the high standard shown by all taking part, especially young Jo Frost who performed all five Pinan katas showing great sanshin and form. The panel were very impressed with her technique and power in every kata, which earned her a first class pass to green belt.
Also showing excellent form in the kumite sparring was JJ Ayers who showed excellent scoring techniques in all aspects of his fighting, as well as showing great form in all aspects of his kata.
8th kyu yellow belt — M Duke, D Roche; 7th kyu orange belt — J Frost; 5th kyu blue belt — M Bocking; 1st kyu brown belt — T Bocking; 1st dan black belt — James Woodward; 2nd dan black belt — JJ Ayers.
n Anyone interested in training at the club can call into Long Melford Village Hall on Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 8pm or call 01787 378914 for details.