Milton Keynes Area
A big turnout for this grading day with great spirit and determination being shown at all levels.
We welcomed the new students from the Newton Longville School Club and all were successful in their first grading for blue belt (10th kyu).
A big congratulations to Ethan from the Newton Longville School Club who was awarded the trophy for showing great promise in the start of his karate journey.
The Newton Longville trophy was awarded to Sophie Yorath whose continual training has shown great determination for the task she faces next year. Watch this space, but till then, well done Sophie.
On Saturday 2nd December, we had the final Bedford area grading for 2023.
There was a large number of students from across the area going for their new grade. It was pleasing to see a few higher kyu grades making an appearance despite not grading, to support others and assist in kumite where needed.
After a warm up, thankfully the dojo was a lot warmer than outside, we had our pre-grading lesson. Each grade group was taken through their kihon and kumite before a nice, big group kata session to finish.
Club trophies were then presented and the recipients were:
Leah Singh for Brickhill club
Martin Altenbach for Kempston club
Sensei Clive Betts for Clapham/Oakley club
The grading then began properly, it was excellent to see a larger number of beginners there for the first time! We had all grades covered near enough all the way up to those going for 1st kyu.
All in all, a high standard was delivered and students have worked on feedback from previous gradings. Well done to everyone who passed!
A massive thank you to all the Dan grades for your assistance on the day, it wouldn’t happen without you.
Sensei Dan Young
For Newton Longville Club, Sophie Yorath.
For Bletchley Club, Henry Hodgson
For Newton Longville School Club, Ethan
For Clapham Club, Sensei Clive Betts
For Brickhill Club, Leah Singh
For Kempston Club, Martin Altenbach
For Newport Pagnall Club, Hugo
For Green Park Club, Lucas
We offer our congratulations to all the winners, keep up your training and next time it might be you!