Today saw Clevedon Karate Kai's summer grading at a stiflingly hot Tickenham Village Hall. Eleven students stepped up to show why they were worth a new belt.
Lewis kicks off the grading with a demonstration of the quality expected of dan grades. He performs the Kururunfa kata.
The first grading group, 10th-8th kyu, are called to yoi by Mark.
They demonstrate blocks including jodanuke...
... and sotouke.
They follow that with kicks, such as mawashigeri.
For most of them, the Pinan Nidan kata is the end of their grading...
... but Adam bravely stays up on his own to show that he also knows Pinan Shodan.
Then the higher grading group, 5th-4th kyu, take to the mat.
Here, they step through into a gyakuzuki.
Kicks are demonstrated, including maigeri.
As are strikes, including junzuke no tsukkomi.
Maigeri with jodanuke.
Preparing for a sotouke block.
Executing an uchiuke block.
Stepping through into a shutouke block...
... and completing it with the mahanmi-no-nekoashidachi stance.
On to kicks, with mawashigeri...
... and ushirogeri.
Then on to kata - Pinan Nidan...
... Pinan Shodan...
... Pinan Sandan...
... and Pinan Yondan, which marks the end of the grading for the 5th kyus.
Pip and Charlotte, however, both going for their brown belts, have more to do.
They complete the last of the Pinan kata, Godan.
Lewis joins them for Kushanku.
72 moves later, they have completed their grading.
Mark oversees the warm-down, with some running and jumping...
... followed by some stretching.
Then everyone takes a seat for Kevin to read out the results.
Everyone has passed, and there is one first class pass, for Seamus.
Smiling faces, anticipating receiving their new belts at the next training session.