On Sunday 17th June 2018 we held a grading at Fleetwood for students grading from their very first grading of white belt all the way through to students grading to 1st Kyu. Everyone on the day was superb and give it their all – for some of our very young students this was their first taste of a club grading but they all behaved impeccably and showed some real promise for the future!
Once again thank you to everyone who helped and supported on the day and for giving up your time to assist – Senior Instructors Sensei’s Julie Dudley, Gavin Oliphant and Martin Thomas. Club Sensei’s Del Knowles, Martin Wilmot, Kirsty Churchouse and Jack Churchouse, Junior Instructor Nathan Crowther, Sempai Christian Schofield and Junior Sempai’s Brandon Crowther and Danni Williams and to Sensei Yvonne Crowther for all preparation and admin work for the grading. You were all a fantastic help on the day and a vital part of days like gradings.
To the parents and family members watching – thanks again for being superb throughout and being so encouraging to all those grading – you truly are a fantastic bunch of people and are for ever supporting everything we do! I often say this but to have such supportive families is fantastic and we are extremely grateful for the time and effort you take bringing your children to classes and events.
We once again had a pass rate of 100% and this is a great testament to our Instructor’s and Sempai’s and the time and effort they put into every student to ensure they get the very best out of them and ensue they are prepared for days like gradings.
Back to the grading - and very well done to all our new yellow belts who showed real effort and determination all afternoon – both children and adults alike all worked very hard and showed some great karate off, there are definitely some promising students to watch for the future. I hope you all enjoyed your first club grading. Congratulations on your 9th Kyu’s.
Our new 8th Kyu Orange belts showed significant improvement from their 9th Kyu grading and seemed to really enjoy themselves all afternoon and gave real effort throughout – well done to you all!
We had a particularly large number of 7th Kyu Green belts, 6th Kyu Red belts and 5th Kyu Blue belts grading – who all worked very hard throughout the day. Congratulations to you all on achieving your new belts. You are now at the halfway stage of your Kyu grades – keep up the great work and continue to train hard to ensure you move forward on time for future levels.
Congratulations to all our new 4th Kyu purple belts – all brilliant on the day and vastly improved since your last gradings. You are all now one Kyu grade away from senior grades! Your understanding of karate should be vastly improving, and your basic learning of Heian kata’s is almost complete. The key to developing your karate and moving forward is to train regularly and apply what is being taught and you will have no problems obtaining these senior grades in the future. Well done to you all!
We always name those students who reach grades of 3rd Kyu and above – these grades take many years of training and dedication to reach, and although the timescale of reaching them may differ from student to student, nonetheless every student will have gone through massive personal achievements to obtain these grades.
Therefore, huge Congratulations to the following students –
Paul Preston – 3rd Kyu
Paul is a true gent and is a great person to have in the club. He is very respective in the dojo and always tries his hardest at everything he does. He takes his karate very seriously and always applies what he has been taught. For Paul achieving the milestone of 3rd Kyu was a huge achievement as he had trained in karate previously a number of years ago but due to circumstances outside his control had to stop training just before reaching his 3rd Kyu. Paul did brilliantly at his grading he worked extremely hard from the offset and gave every section of the grading his all. His kata’s and combinations were nice and clean, his basics were completed with good technique and his kumite was controlled and had good distance and understanding. Paul is eager to start senior class now which he has already enquired about – and he understands this is an essential part of training for anyone wishing to move forward in these higher Kyu grade and black belt levels. Congratulations on your 3rd Kyu Paul, a very deserving grade. Well done!
Matthew Lacy – 2nd Kyu
Matthew is a lovely guy and a real pleasure to have in the club. He has improved again since his 3rd Kyu and has a great understanding of all his karate across the board – his kata’s are precise and very clean and he has good hip work, however his kumite still needs a bit more control but I’m sure this will come with time. Matthew is a very determined student and his extra practicing at home and in the dojo before the class starts has paid dividends as he makes great strides forward. Matthew coped brilliantly with all aspects of his grading and nothing really troubled him all afternoon. Congratulations on your 2nd Kyu Matthew, keep working hard as you get ever nearer to your black belt.
John Lacy – 1st Kyu
John is another lovely guy to have in the club and has trained at the Chorley dojo since a white belt. John has significantly improved since his 2nd Kyu, he now has a better understanding of his kata’s and his basics are becoming much cleaner and with much more technique. His kumite is also showing much more control and is not as wild and thrashy as in the past. John did brilliantly at his grading, he was very determined to gain his 1st Kyu and from the very start gave every section 100%. He definitely handled the day better than previous gradings and it’s a real pleasure to see how far John has come in his karate. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu John – next grade black belt!
Karen Jackson – 1st Kyu
Sempai Karen is one of our fantastic female students in the club – she enjoys her role as Sempai and takes it very seriously. Karen is making great strides in her karate and is improving all the time. She always attends senior class, and this is the key to Karen’s success moving forward. Karen always applies herself to everything she does with full focus – sometimes she is a little hard on herself but that’s because she cares so deeply about her training. Karen coped brilliantly all afternoon at her grading she had nice clean kata’s, good tidy basics and good controlled kumite. She was extremely tired towards the end and was pushed further in her kumite section than ever before – but she dug in deep, showed real character and never gave up. Many Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Karen – a thoroughly deserved grade!
Emma Mackie – 1st Kyu
Emma is another of our brilliant female students – she is very determined about her training and applies herself really well at every class, trying her hardest at everything she does. She rarely misses classes including senior class and is really making fantastic strides in her karate. Emma worked tirelessly all afternoon at the grading – she was focused throughout and displayed, good clean kata’s and basics and nice controlled kumite. She was pushed hard in the latter stages of the kumite section but she dug in and just kept going – despite being extremely tired. Emma should be proud of how far she has come and I know she has the determination and drive to go all the way to black belt and beyond. Well done Emma, a fantastic achievement. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu!
Max Gray – 1st Kyu
Max is one of our fantastic young male students in the club. After coming back to training after breaking his leg not once but twice – it’s really great to see him back in class again and we have all missed him! Max is a lovely polite student, he tries his hardest at everything he does and is a real pleasure to teach. It’s never easy to get back into the swing of things after taking time out but Max has just slotted back in and carried on where he left off. Max was awesome all afternoon at his grading, he was unfazed in every section and gave everything asked of him his all. He had lovely basics and kata’s and his kumite was well controlled and had good distance. Max should be extremely proud of all he has achieved so far, he hasn’t let his injury hinder him and he has a real steely determination to move forward with great purpose. Congratulations on your 1st Kyu Max. A very deserving grade. I look forward to seeing you attempt your black belt very soon!