Today saw Clevedon Karate Kai's first grading of the year. Twenty-one students have been working hard for the last few months, and showed what they can do.
First up are 9th and 10th kyu.
They put in plenty of effort from the start, with loud kiais.
Here, they are showing a sotouke block.
We don't often see a mawashigeri from either Kevin or Nigel, so both at the same time is a rare treat!
The group splits for the Pinan Nidan kata. 10th kyu go first...
... and 9th kyu bring this part of the grading to an end.
All grades 8th kyu and above, plus 9th kyu Pete, take the floor.
Plenty of commitment from this group, too.
They demonstrate a maigeri kick.
Here they are stepping through in preparation for a sotouke block.
Preparing for a mahanmi-no-nekoashi dachi, with shutouke block.
Executing a surrukomi short-step in preparation for a maigeri kick off the front foot.
This group also splits for kata. 9th and 8th kyu perform Pinan Nidan...
... and Pinan Shodan.
The two 8th kyu+ students, John and Amelia, stay up for Pinan Sandan.
7th kyu and above return for Pinan Nidan...
... Pinan Shodan ...
... and Pinan Sandan.
As a 7th kyu+, Louis' grading is completed, but he opts to stay up with George and Charlotte for Pinan Yondan ...
... and Pinan Godan, which completes the grading.
Kevin reads the results to the students. Everyone has passed. There are two first class passes, but three others came close.
At the end of a demanding session, everyone is all smiles.