SHO DAN GRADING
June 24th - 26th 2005
 
Moving up to the Dan ranks
For many students their black belt examination is the first truly memorable achievement in their journey down the karate road.
 
During our annual summer camp this year which was held from June 24th - 26th two junior students from our dojo, Rylan and Dillon, took their Sho Dan exam under the watchful eyes of the grading panel and in front of family and friends. Both students have been training for many years and are regular members of the adult class.
 
This is but a small part of their journey.
Honoured guest
Sensei Eric Marn, 7th Dan
Seen here with me at the start of camp is this years honoured guest Sensei Eric Marn from Hawaii.
 
 
Teaching up close and personal
Through out the weekend Sensei Marn worked one on one with a great many of the senior students, making sure that the fundamentals he was teaching were clearly understood. Here Rylan, who was to grade for Sho Dan later in the weekend listens intently as Sensei Marn makes his point.
 
 
Distance and timing
From the very beginning, of all the points that Sensei Marn focused on during his sparring drills, proper distance and timing were emphasized the most. Here Sempai Sarah gets instruction on what to watch for when sparring a
 
Focused as always
Kata has always been a strong point for Sempai Cathy. Here she is seen focused on the next move in Bassai Dai. As one of the first to arrive at class each day, and as one of the last to leave, the results of her years of dedication and hard training are clearly visible. Sempai Cathy always sets a great example for all of the other students in the dojo and I look forward to her San Dan grading at our summer camp in 2006.
 
 
Leading by example
Seen here leading some of the juniors in basics are Sempai Barry Norman ( Ni Dan), Sempai Cathy Quinn (Ni Dan), and Sempai Amy Barnes (Sho Dan). Each of these Yudansha enjoy working with the junior ranks and teach class on a regular basis.
 
 
Preparing for next year
Uwe Bartley and Diane Lusniak are regular partners, as ni kyu they are working towards their Sho Dan exam which they are hoping to test for at next years summer camp in June 2006.
 
Seen here leading some of the juniors in basics are Sempai Barry Norman ( Ni Dan), Sempai Cathy Quinn (Ni Dan), and Sempai Amy Barnes (Sho Dan). Each of these Yudansha enjoy working
 
 
 
 
Leading by example
Seen here leading some of the juniors in basics are Sempai Barry Norman ( Ni Dan), Sempai Cathy Quinn (Ni Dan), and Sempai Amy Barnes (Sho Dan). Each of these Yudansha enjoy working
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All smiles
Sempai Cathy was a great mentor for both the Dillon and Rylan, giving unselfishly of their time and talent in the weeks and months leading up to their grading. After learning they had passed their exam a light hearted moment was definitely called for.
 
 
On the Sunday evening prior to the awards banquet it was time for their belts.
 
 
Sho Dan at last
It is always a great pleasure to reward hard work and effort, here Rylan waits his turn as I congratulate Sempai Dillon on his accomplishment after tying on his black belt.
 
A Sempai at last
A long time member of the dojo Rylan also now takes his place as a Sempai, both he and Dillon have definitely raised the bar for all of the junior students who would follow in their foot steps.
 
Congratulations
Sempai Dillon and Sempai Rylan
 
 
To the graduating class of 2005 our congratulations.
 
 
Part the clouds - see the way.
 
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay