We would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Plus a huge thank you to everyone who came along to support our junior and senior Xmas parties!
Everyone had a fantastic time at our Junior Xmas Party. The venue was full and we had party games galore! Special thanks go to Sylvia Ling and Danielle Leeson for helping to organise the event, Imagination Parties for their wonderful entertainment and not forgetting Bob the Minion, our VIP guest, who took time out of his busy schedule to attend :-)
Our Senior Xmas Party was full of fantastic food, great company and amazing singing, courtesy of Cindy Hoten, who always adds class to our evening. It was lovely to see so many of our members and parents having fun and getting well and truly into the Christmas Spirit.
Don't forget, most of our weekly classes will resume again on Monday 4th January and we look forward to seeing you again. recharged and raring to go. However, due to Jenny & Chris' new arrival, a small number of classes will be temporarily suspended - full details below...
We will leave you all with some pictures from our Xmas parties - a reminder of great times spent with great people :-)
Junior Xmas Party 2015
Senior Xmas Party 2015
On 6th December, we held a catch-up grading at our Sunday class in our Cleator dojo for beginner to intermediate ranks.
As we follow a rotating curriculum for Kyu ranks, our catch up gradings are used for individual members who require extra support/mentoring following an unsuccessful attempt at the current phase, or those who were unable to attend the standard grading they were preparing for back in November, due to extenuating circumstances.
As usual, our expectations were met in terms of effort and determination, which we always set as 100%. This is always more important that the outcome.
Congratulations to those who achieved their next rank and see you back in the dojo again soon!
To Provisional 9th Kyu (Red Stripe):
To 9th Kyu (Red Belt):
To Provisional 8th Kyu (Yellow Stripe):
To Provisional 7th Kyu (Orange Stripe):
To 7th Kyu (Orange Belt):
To Provisional 5th Kyu (Blue Stripe):
At our closed dojo in Arlecdon on Tuesday 1st December, seven of our members challenged advanced ranks, with two of these looking to gain the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt).
Whether successful or unsuccessful, to attempt a senior grading is always commendable as these challenges are as you would expect, much more demanding than the beginner and intermediate events. They not only test the candidates physical abilities, but after around three hours of intense effort under the watchful eyes of the grading panel, their attitude, character and spirit is also under scrutiny.
The standard at our dojo is high and our expectations are always increasing, so to gain a brown or indeed a black belt rank at our dojo is something very special. These ranks are considered very personal to each individual, with holistic requirements that help mould their ongoing karate journey through many months of hard work and commitment leading up to the event. Simply put, there are no short cuts here!
Therefore, huge congratulations are in order for everyone who stood in front of the grading panel yesterday to give it their all. I'm sure that the spectators and fellow Karate-Ka present were not only privileged to see such a great show of skill, but also inspired by what was a shining display of energy and spirit.
Some words from Sensei...