Clevedon Karate Kai

Clevedon Club Grading 10 March 2019

Our biggest grading for a number of years took place at All Saints Hall yesterday. Thirty students were put through their paces and showed what they had learned. Everyone gave it everything they had, resulting in a memorable grading.

Following a big recent influx, we have ten white belts grading.
The little ones are all enthusiasm...
... while the bigger ones display a surprisingly good level of knowledge for the time they've been training.
Next up, 10th kyu to 7th kyu.
These students have been doing it for a year or two now, so the basics are there, and improvement is well underway.
They, and the bigger white belts, complete their section of the grading with the first Pinan kata, Pinan Nidan.
7th kyu+ to 6th kyu+ have been sitting down for a while, and are up next, so Amelia warms them up.
They are soon showing off their mawashigeris...
... jodanukes...
... gyakuzukis...
... maigeris...
... and mahanmi-no-nekoashidachis (with shutouke).
This group perform two of the Pinan kata, Pinan Nidan...
... and Pinan Shodan.
Finally, 5th kyu to 2nd kyu step up.
These students all have years of training, and the standard is duly ramped up.
They throw strong mawashigeris...
... and maigeris.
Here, they are stepping through into mahanmi-no-nekoashidachi.
The most difficult line move of all, ushirogeri, the back-kick.
They split down for kata, Oliver, Adam and Tai beginning with Pinan Nidan.
They go through the Pinan kata, with Shodan...
... Sandan...
... Yondan...
... and Godan.
Then Amelia, John, Louis and Pip take to the floor, for Pinan Nidan...
... Shodan...
... Sandan...
... Yondan...
... and Godan.
Finally, the four 2nd kyus are up for advanced kata. They begin with Kushanku.
A nukite strike from Louis.
Strong finishes from Oliver and Tai.
Then they move on to the last kata of the grading, Chinto.
Kevin reads out the results at the end. Everyone has passed, and no fewer than five students have double-graded, skipping a belt.
It's a very happy group of students, with the grading over, who are looking forward to receiving their new belts.