The exceptionally hot conditions here in Cumbria today didn't stop over 60 of our members take their grading test today. Despite the weather and lack of air flow in the dojo, the grading panel were happy to witness some strong performances and came away confident that our high standards are still continuing to grow.
Our gradings are not easy and today members covered a whole host of aspects such as pre-requisite knowledge, basic techniques, combinations and kata, pre-arranged sparring, self-defence based applications, pad work, joint attacks, throws and take downs, grappling skills, limb control and a range of dedicated sparring drills to deal with/escape from both single and multiple opponents, plus managing a specific disability.
Whatever the outcome, everyone who challenged their rank today tried their very best and as always, showed the true spirit of karate. For that they earn our deepest respect and we hope to see you all back in the dojo again soon ready to take the next step of the journey!