The first Kyu gradings of 2016 were well attended in both Bedford, Clapham and Milton Keynes areas. Standards were again high but some areas needed to be worked on, especially the height of kicks in kihon and kata and focus and aiming points in kumite.
Due to difficulties with Hastingsbury School (The new location for Bedford area gradings) being unable to honour the booking the Bedford area grading had to relocate. At very short notice, Balliol School was selected to host them. Times were adjusted because the hall is so much smaller and not everyone could get in at the same time like they usually do. Thanks must go to all the CFTS black belts who raised their game accepting the challenge to still gave a professional grading and to Balliol School for accommodating us at such short notice.
Another problem over the weekend was Blitz, the supplier to CFTS of belts and equipment. They were unable to supply belts as they had de-stocked due to moving to a larger warehouse a problem that should not occur again. To over come an unprecedented problem was again taken in our stride. Each student that passed their examination donated their belt to a student needing it. Considering the difficulties it was really nice to see how all CFTS students and instructors pulled together to overcome those difficulties. We only had one parent complain too so our gratitude must go to all students, instructors, black belts and parents for helping the weekend run so smoothly.
The quarterly trophy winners for March 2016 are:
CLUB TROPHY WINNERS
CFTS AMPTHILL OLIVER NEWMAN
CFTS BLETCHLEY ELIZABETH EGGINTON
CFTS BRICKHILL STEVE IRWIN
CFTS BUSHFIELD JACK YOUNG
CFTS CEDARS ISABELLE AND ELLA PATMORE
CFTS CLAPHAM LIAM FENSOM
CFTS KEMPSTON KATIE QUINCE
CFTS NEWPORT PAGNELL KAREN ROUGHLEY
CFTS NEWTON LONGVILLE LEWIS BOYCE
CFTS STEWKLEY GRACE CURCHER
CFTS THORNTON EMMA THOMPSON