Last weekend instructors and member of Brothock Shotokan Karate Club travelled to Edinburgh for the annual Japan Karate Association (JKA) Summer Camp. This year’s instructors were Senseis Kawasoe 8th Dan, Naito 8th Dan, Mori 8th Dan and Kimino 8th Dan. Students travelled from all over the UK as well as students from Russia, Norway, France, Germany, and Italy.
The three=day course culminated in a grading examination in which students sat their Black Belt Grading Examination under the watchful eyes of the visiting JKA Instructors.
Seven students from Brothock Shotokan Karate Club who train at the club’s classes in Forfar and Arbroath were put forward for the examination.
The candidates earned the place to sit the Black Belt exam by training regularly over the last three to four years with the correct attitude and spirt and had reached the required standard set within the club. In addition they had attended a series of nine courses and had sat and successfully passed nine Kyu grading examinations with Sensei Kawasoe. The students were examined on three areas, fundamentals, basics (kihon), prearranged form (kata) and fighting (kumite).
All seven students successfully passed the exam and were awarded their 1st Dan Black Belts. The students are now registered with the Japan Karate Association as Black Belt, a worldwide recognised accreditation and certificates will be sent from Japan in due course.
The successful candidates were adults Deborah Miller and Nicki Anderson and jniors Arrianne Bennet (13), Beth Hodgens (14), Zoe Rennie (11), Lauren Thomson (10), Fraser Martin (10)
Following the examination Sensei Kawasoe provided feedback to the Brothock Instructors and commented on the high standard of Karate and spirit shown by all the Brothock Karate Club members.
Brothock Shotokan Karate Club are now enrolling and club instructors Billy wales 5th Dan, Martin Crcknell 5th Dan, Ross Watson 3rd Dan, Helen Watson 3rd Dan, and Jason Middleton 1st Dan can be contacted on 07713161103 or at email@example.com