Grading July 2014

Biggest grading and a 100% pass rate for the Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club.

Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club (RSKC) hosted, in July, the head of KUGB Sensei Andy Sherry for a special all grades class and grading. This was a very special grading for a few reasons: it was the first grading at RSKC’s new home at Haslingden Primary School, also it was the last grading that Sensei Ian Garside will be attending due to relocation after 30 Years of outstanding service to the club. This was also the biggest grading so far with over 30 members passing their grading with 100% pass rate.

This was a very well attended training session. Parents and families also came to wish Sensei Ian Garside good luck on his retirement and to take part in the group photograph.

A visit from Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) is always a treat for the members of RSKC, the valley’s long established karate club.

Sensei Sherry, the highest graded European instructor in the world and Chairman of the KUGG,is renowned for his high standards when grading. Sensei Garside, Chief Instructor at the Rossendale Club, said “I was extremely pleased with every ones performance. It is a great achievement for both the students and their instructors as all the hard work has paid off”. The club is extremely lucky to have such an eminent figure from the world of karate to regularly visit the club throughout the year for training courses and gradings.


Training commenced with sensei’s warm exercises which were just the start of the excellent session that followed. Sensei’s flexibility was evident as he simply relaxed into box splits what most of the students could only aspire to. Warm up was followed by a gruelling training session which took students through all the requirements of the grading syllabus. As always sensei had interesting combinations in store for the black belts which kept them on their toes whilst testing their mental alertness.


Following an enjoyable training session a 5 minute break was allowed for the members who were taking their grading. There were some mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement for the members who were grading for the first time. They need not have worried since the excellent training at the club had prepared them well and they performed elegantly.

On this occasion, 30 members took the grading and all successfully passed making it yet another grading with 100% pass rate. Two members performed exceptionally well and were double graded, moving straight from white belt to red belt. Sensei Sherry has always commented on top class standard of training at the club and was once again impressed. The students showed good attitude and spirit.

Sensei Ian Garside sends a message to all who graded “Congratulations and very well done to everyone on gaining your new grades an excellent result”.

There are number of families that train at the club. The club promotes this by having special rates for families.


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Grading group pic

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