On a very wet and windy Saturday, 7th of November, the SKL club instructors alongside sixteen students travelled to Stevenage where the local JKA -Japan Karate Association club was holding grading exams. As part of a strategy to get to know the full extent of JKA, meet new people and check our technique, the club has decided to travel to locations around London for the three- monthly gradings.This time around in Stevenage we were received by the Club instructor Sensei Tom Peebles 4 Dan JKA, who kindly organized our transport from the train station to the school gym where the grading took place. The pre-grading training session started at 10am. It was hard work but fulfilling, with Sensei Roy Tomlin 6Dan leading the Brown and Black belts through a two hour (no stopping) brain and body-breaking session, much to the “pleasure” of its participants. Along came the next hour, which was the time for the colour belts to be fine-tuned for grading. After a lot more of being put through the paces and even more work-outs, everything was now in place for the big moment. First the SKL Karate kids came out of the trenches and joined the front line in what was another 100 per cent pass rate for our karate academy! It is incredible to realise that suddenly children doing a karate examination remember everything they have been told in class, and can almost execute techniques with perfection – which sometimes is a big contrast with the endless hours telling them off! Then it was the time for our adult White belts. Both our new students were submitted to a double grading examination due to exhibiting good standard at their level. This moment, alongside the three students submitted to 1 kyu, the Brown belt level just before Black, was the highest moment of tension grading wise, but everything ended up well and the trio is now getting ready to take the Black belt examination within the next six months to one year hopefully. The event come to an end with the pass certificates being handed out and almost all of us headed to the local pub to bring another excellent day out with the club to a close. Thank you so much Stevenage SKC for receiving us.
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