South Manchester Grading Results: Saturday 15th December


We would like to congratulate all of the students who took part in our Club Grading at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester last Sunday. It was our last grading of the year so was very busy. We also had to try and cram 2 hours worth of karate into 1 and a half hours due to the Student of the Years which immediately followed. Thankfully everyone was absolutely brilliant on the day and there was no complaints about the standard whatsoever.

Apologies to the parents who didn’t get their usual chance to take photo’s as we took them and were ushered out at the end. Time was against us and we will be printing out your photo’s and forwarding them to your Instructors for you to collect in the New Year.

You can download a free digital copy of your photo by clicking the link below: 


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Many thanks as always to Paul Towler who took the photos and processed them so quickly. Your hard work is much appreciated by all.

We had a large group of students coming to grading for the first ever time. After a very nervous start, the students soon settled in and began to relax and show us what they have been learning in their classes. They were all fantastic! There was a great little group from Cheadle dojo and Jaime Sensei’s son Sebby was a little superstar! The white belts attempting orange belt were all super and should be really proud of themselves. The first grade really is the hardest to get because you have no idea what to expect. Every single student tried the best the could and that is all we can ask for.

Twenty four students were returning for the 2nd time attempting their Red Belts and they were all super. The whole group worked really hard and all were successful – well done. The group from Rob Sensei’s Reddish class and Dave and Debbie Sensei’s classes were all really impressive. Craig Pattison from the Dukinfield dojo was fantastic as was Harmani Solanki from Lorraine Sensei’s class who has done karate before so went from white belt straight to yellow. A grade higher than she had been put in for.

There were also plenty of students attempting their yellow and green belts and we were so impressed. They all knew their katas, combinations and kumite drills and we were really happy with the standard of them all. Zak and Benjamin Wegg were excellent and George, Jacob, Xander, Big Will, Evan and Thomas from Reddish dojo also stood out for all the right reasons. Well done to you all.

There were 5 students attempting their purple belts and they were also very good. Well done to Robert and Adam Brotherton, Joseph Westhead and Kennedy and Alexander McLean. You were all brilliant and you must keep up the great work.

The group attempting purple and white belt were equally amazing and couldn’t have worked harder. Well done to Isabella Lawrie, Hannah Towler, Daniel Price, Mia Glynn and Ali Gencer.  We had no complaints whatsoever and you are all turning into fantastic karateka. We were so impressed, you all have what it takes to make it all the way to Black Belt. Keep on going!

We had 3 students attempting their Brown Belt, 1 student attempting her 2nd Kyu and 5 students attempting 1st Kyu. We are pleased to report that all were successful this time around and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future to make further progress or go for the big one –  Black Belt.

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

Rosie Coleman – What a great performance from this little star! Rosie is a pleasure to teach and a lovely young girl. She is super talented and has everything it takes to get her black belt. A great attitude, she always tries her best and her karate is outstanding. Congratulations Rosie and keep up the fantastic work.

Ethan Fong – An excellent solid performance from Ethan who has the potential to become one of the very best. He is really committed and clearly works really hard at his karate. Debbie and Dave Sensei are doing a fantastic job with his development and if he keeps up the great attitude and excellent work, he will be an amazing Black Belt. He was also awarded the Student of the Grading trophy as well as his 3rd Kyu so it really was a great day for Ethan.

Alex Bathurst – Alex has brilliant karate, really good stances, impressive combinations, strong katas. He’s a fantastic all rounder. Alex is an exceptional student who is making great progress towards his black belt. We are really excited to see him develop further and see just how good he will become!


2nd Kyu Brown Belt

Callula Curtis – Callula has improved so much between 3rd Kyu and 2nd Kyu and her karate is becoming really impressive. She is a lovely young lady with beautiful and tidy karate. Judging by this fantastic performance, she won’t be far off going for her black belt very soon!


1st Kyu 

Noah Green – Another outstanding performance by Noah who is one of the most consistently impressive students we have here at Red Tiger. He always works so hard and is super determined and this makes him an absolute pleasure to teach. He was exhausted by the end of the grading and thats exactly the way it should be. I have no doubt he will follow in the footsteps of his big brother and get his very well deserved Black Belt very soon!

Josiah Curtis – What a fantastic little student Josiah is. He has come so far and is still so young. Don’t be fooled by the angel face, Josiah has got some serious skills! He must be on course to become on of our youngest ever Black Belts, he will be delighted that he has caught up Dad Jon Sensei and will no doubt work hard to be the best he can be by the time he goes for Black Belt. What a little superstar! Veryy well

Kaiden Hindley – Kaiden put in his best ever performance to achieve his 1st Kyu. He has been so dedicated to karate since the day he started with Dave and Debbie Sensei and they are developing him brilliantly. There has been exceptional progress made between 2nd and 1st Kyu and we are chuffed to bit for him. Kaiden again will be one of our youngest students to attempt black belt at some point next year so keep up the fantastic work young man.

Alex Sant – Excellent performance from Alex Sant who never fails to impress us. We always expect a lot from Alex and he delivers every single time. So hard working, such a quality talent. He is clearly pushed hard by Dave and Debbie Sensei and is worth every ounce of their effort. I’m sure this lad will go all the way to black belt and make it look effortless. Well done.

Michael Parry – What a grading from this lovely young man. You can always guarantee that Michael is going to try way too hard and that exactly the way we like it! He gives everything he has every single time. His karate is much improved and he’s clearly worked hard to tidy everything up. We are excited to see you go for black belt in the near future and know you’ll do Dave and Debbie Sensei proud. Well done 🙂


Lastly, we must say a huge thanks to the parents and supporters who gave up their afternoon to support their loved ones and also the Instructors who all do a fab job in preparing their students and helping so much on the day. From sorting certificates, to signing in, teaching sections, presenting certificates, making sure everyone is where they need to be, motivating the students, giving first aid. Thank you all. We really couldn’t do it without each and ever one of you.

Without everyone’s combined effort we couldn’t run successful events and our fab club wouldn’t be as special as it is. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.