A huge well done to everyone who challenged their karate rank at our grading today - please see results below.
No matter what the individual outcome, challenging yourself in this way and giving 100% on the dojo floor is always a very positive and courageous act - and we can't ask for more than that!
We're extremely proud of all our members and looking forward to continuing to support their continuing martial arts journey. And whilst the photo above may show many individual paths, you can be sure that we're all heading up the same mountain together.
With quite a few of our members grading this time round plus a couple of unforeseen 'bottle-necks' along the way, it proved impossible for us to keep to time. So big thanks to grading panel members and assistants on the day, who were all invaluable in helping to make the day run as smooth as it possibly could. Or gratitude for everyone's patience over what was quite a long day.
The grading panel have taken away some 'areas for improvement', both in general standards across the board and the way in which we operate our gradings. We're always seeking to make improvements and so will be looking to implement changes to suit over the coming months.
However despite those few little hiccups along the way, the atmosphere and camaraderie in the room was still just as inspiring as it always is!
...And the reward for everyone's amazing efforts today...
...MORE TRAINING of course!
See you all in the dojo again soon!