Updated: Oct 16, 2022
Milton Keynes Area Report
Another very successful grading day for students from all areas who worked hard in the build up to the grading and the high standard reflected this.
Students from Newton Longville, Bletchley, Newport Pagnall and Green Park graded and the lucky students who received the club trophies had an even better day.
Thanks go out to the dan grades that assisted the club instructors on the grading day and also to those that assisted in the dojo lessons prior to the grading.
Sensei McMahon - June 2022
Bedford Area Report
Bedford area met for the June grading, this time in Oakley, on a warm Saturday morning on 11 June 2022 under the watchful eye of Shihan McClagish.
Grading took place in groups as this had been arranged before Covid restrictions lifted but it meant that more than a dozen Dan grades watched every move of each of the students attempting grades from 10th Kyu to 2nd Kyu across the four separate sessions – there really was nowhere to hide!
There were nerves (from the candidates not the Dan grades!) but with some firm encouragement the required standards of technique and spirit were achieved by almost all. Gradings are a test, and tests can be failed. What is important is to learn from it and come back stronger next time; most of the Dan grades will have been in that position at some point during their karate journey so will know what it feels like – I know I have!
We look forward to the next grading in September when, if all goes well, we will all be back grading together for the first time in over 2 years!
Sensei Saunders - June 2022
Here are some of the trophy winners;
For Newton Longville - Breanna
For Bletchley - Elizabeth Egginton
For Green Park - Noah
For Newport Pagnall - Paul Comb
For Clapham - Leilani Lawton
For Brickhill, Kellen Mckenzie, for showing a great attitude in the Dojo and keeping going with karate when his school friends dropped out.
For Kempston, Harvey Beddall, for always training hard and really growing up as a karateka over the last year and displaying a positive attitude to all aspects of his karate.