We are pleased to report that the Brown and Black Belt courses we ran over the weekend were a big success. There was a great turnout for both courses and all of the students worked really hard.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to train, the parents for making the journey and the Instructors who taught and helped out on the day.
Black belts covered combinations and some kihon training followed by a timing drill for kumite. Paul Sensei then covered Kata Gankaku before Joni Longden Sensei closed the course by more advanced kumite drills.
Nine Black Belts too part in a practise grading for Nidan. They all performed well under pressure and now have plenty to work on to improve further before the JKS Dan Grading on the 17th July. Seven students will go forward for their Nidan and we look forward to helping them work hard towards a successful outcome. Those who were not quite ready have had a good experience as they will now be able to focus on specific things in order to improve.
There was a huge turnout for the brown belt course and everyone worked really hard throughout. The brown belts covered kihon training , weight transfer in stances, a detailed breakdown of Kata Bassai Dai. They then finished off with advanced kumite drills with Mike Baron Sensei.
Twenty 1st Kyu students took part in a practise grading. This was a very nerve-wracking and tense experience for them all and it is good that they have had to work under this pressure before the grading day. A large number of students walked away with their grading slips as we felt that with continued focus and sustained effort, they will be ready to attempt grading on the day. I cannot stress the importance of continuing to train hard, listening your Instructor and trying everyday between now and then to stay sharp and make improvement in all areas.
Some students left without a grading slip and specific feedback will be given to your Instructors on what you need to work on between now and the deadline which is Friday 1st July. We understand that some of you made mistakes that you would not normally make and you all have the potential to achieve Black Belt. You can still be given a grading slip by your Instructor before this date if you make enough progress.
You would not have been able to get all the way to 1st Kyu in our Club without having shown some steel and determination. You are pushed to breaking point in previous gradings so that we can see what you are made of.
Now is the time to move past the disappointment and try and do everything you can to get yourself ready. Arrive early to class and practise, ask your Instructor and higher grades for help, make some time at home and work on what you have been asked to. Turn up to the dedicated practise class during Senior Class on Mondays – it is free. If nerves are your problem – ask people to watch you. Ask to perform a kata in front of your class.
We are all on the same side, we want to help you and we want you to reach the required standard and fulfill your potential.
Some will find a way and some will find an excuse. Each individual is judged according to their own ability.
Remember; that Black Belts are just white belts who never gave up. The sad fact about karate is that are many Clubs and Associations out there who will give you a Black Belt regardless of your standard. We are proud to say that Red Tiger and JKS England are not those places. Those who achieve their grades on the 17th July will fully deserve them.
Don’t be one of those people who quit at 1st Kyu. Life is hard and can be full of disappointments. See the job through and you will feel incredibly proud to know that you did it the hard way.
Thanks once again to Joni Longden Sensei, Mike Beckwith Sensei, Nicola Holland Sensei, Mike Baron Sensei and Callum Miles Sensei for all of your help. It is greatly appreciated.