As our curriculum is based on a progressive rotating framework, we normally hold a 'catch up' grading around one month after our three main annual gradings. These catch up gradings are for members who either (1) were working hard towards the main grading, but unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances or (2) were unsuccessful at the main grading and invited to re-sit after a period of focused training and mentor-ship.
This week, we held two 'catch up' gradings. The first was on Sunday 10th December at our Cleator dojo and we also held a special 'double grading' on 13th December at our relatively new Great Clifton dojo, specifically for members who had transferred to us from the previous Shotokan dojo that used to practice there.
The prospect of transferring styles is not easy and proved a little too daunting for many. But for those who took on the challenge to continue their martial arts journey with us at Great Clifton made us very proud yesterday and we welcome you all into our intermediate ranks.
Big congratulations to everyone who graded this week and we hope that the experience will inspire further development along your karate path in 2018!