We held our first grading after the Summer break at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester for those students ready to attempt their next grades.
We had a very impressive group of students to look at and the great news is that almost everybody passed.
The white belts were brilliant as were our new red and yellow belts. We must mention Oscar Thomson who went for his green belts, who managed to impress all of the Sensei’s and narrowly missed out on the student of the grading trophy. This kid is a very special talent and has plenty more opportunities for this bright little superstar.
We also saw good solid performances from the students grading from green to purple belt including – Amy Tabner, Josiah Curtis, Callula Curtis and their Dad Jonathan Curtis. Jonathan was such a high standard he was chosen as students of the grading. His karate is very good all round. He has no weak areas and he is a very promising student indeed. Well done.
The day however belonged to Ryan Tabner who has spent the last 7 years training in karate week in week out. He joined us from a previous club and has reached a good standard. He has improved so much between 2nd Kyu and 1st Kyu and throughly deserved to earn his brown belt with 2 white stripes on the day. He struggled a little in the Kata section but redeemed himself showing courage, skill and determination in the kumite section, which I’m sure he felt like it was never going to end.
Great work Ryan. Keep pushing towards that Black Belt, you are almost there.
As always, huge thanks to the parents and supporters for giving up their time on the day and week in, week out.
Big thanks to all the Instructors and little Zak Thomas-Blackhurst who helped out on the day. You have worked hard with the students and developed them to such a high standard. Well done. Our team is fantastic and we appreciate you all.
We look forward to seeing you all, working harder and improving for next time around.