THE Holloway-based High Peak Kyokushin karate club hosted its quarterly grading session last week.
Regional examiner Sensei Paul Andrews (3rd Dan) tested students for over an hour on techniques, kata and conditioning.
The grading included strenuous exercise and testing of the students’ knowledge of Japanese terminology used in this style of karate.
For seven of the ten students, this was their first experience of a Kyokushin grading and all commented how challenging it was.
The students’ efforts were well rewarded however with a 100 per cent pass rate for the club, including two “double grading” awards for above average ability.
The beginners were Anthony and Sophie Chatfield, Amelie Wayte, David Tyson, and William and James Tozer. All were awarded 10th Kyu (orange belt). Isabelle Chatfield was double graded to 9th Kyu (2nd Orange) for excellent techniques and effort.
On their second grading, Archie Neville and Tarn Buxton were awarded 9th kyu and Elise Neville was double graded to 8th kyu for exceptional ability above her expected level.
The students received new belts from Senpai Pete Appleton on Monday and have started training for their next grading in December.