July Grading results

The Future is Bright and definitely Orange.

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The future is bright and definitely orange for three junior members of Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club. 6 year olds Elliot Vidler, James Tonge and Harvey Bell all graduates from the clubs Kindergarten group ‘The Tiger Cubs’ were all awarded their Orange Belts by internationally renowned Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan. This was an historic occasion for the club as these will hopefully be the first of youngsters to progress from the Tiger Cubs.

Once again the club had a 100% successful pass rate.  Sensei Sherry is the highest graded European instructor in the world and Chairman of the Karate Union of Great Britain, and 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 but especially our orange belts, it gives me great satisfaction to their improvement and the change in them over the last few months. 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.

On this occasion twenty members of Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club successfully passed their gradings, this was following a gruelling training session which took students through all the requirements of the grading syllabus, with a number of interesting sparring drills to keep the senior black belts on their toes.

The other big cause for celebration was Sensei Sherry’s 70th Birthday.  The club presented Sensei Sherry with a collage of photos taken over the 25 years he has been visiting the club. Sensei look slightly abashed as the club members spontaneously sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

After the grading Sensei Sherry said that he was very pleased with his present and very impressed with the high standard they were ‘Top Class’. The students showed good attitude and spirit. There are number of families that train at the club. The club promotes this by having special rates for families.

The results of the grading are as follows:-

Master

Elliot

Vidler

Orange

Master

Harvey

Bell

Orange

Master

James

Tonge

Orange

Master

Ethan

Fawcett

Orange

Master

Elliot

Shuttleworth

Orange

Mr

Stephen

Vidler

Orange

Mr

Mark

Sanderson

Red

Mr

David

Budd

Yellow

Mrs

Nadine

Carey-Whitehead

Yellow

Mr

Tony

Harwood

Green

Master

Bodrul

Uddin

Green

Mrs

Christine

Bussy

Green

Miss

Sophie

Radcliffe

Green

Master

Thaddeus

Carey-Whitehead

Green

Mr

Anthony

Watson

Purple & White

Master

Zaidhan

Khan

Brown

Master

Ruhul

Rahman

Brown

Mr

Christopher

Hardisty

Brown

Mrs

Julie

Ringl

Brown & White

Mr

Jon

Blackbourn

Brown & White

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