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Shotokan Karate Ryu members impress at quarterly kyu grading at Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted



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Shotokan Karate Ryu members impressed at their quarterly kyu (coloured belt) grading.

The 134 karateka from the Bishop's Stortford-based club met at the Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted to put their skills to the test.

The grading was overseen by Sensei Michael Ring (sixth dan) and Sensei Donna Ring (fifth dan), who have more than 40 years of combined experience in teaching traditional shotokan karate.

Shotokan Karate Ryu (57497100)
Shotokan Karate Ryu (57497100)

Students were assessed in kihon (basics), kata (formal exercises) and kumite (sparring drills) for their new grades, achieving a 98% pass rate.

A number of students also attended to undertake a mock grading for their black belts in October.

"This was an extremely tough grading as we aspire to maintain the standards of karate expected of the late, great Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei," said Ring.

"Students performed extremely well with a stand-out group at yellow and green belt.

"As a family-orientated club, we are very proud of the DeCruz, Bowen, Haslett-Symonds and Harris families who graded together and passed their respective belts."

For more information on Shotokan Karate Ryu, visit skr.org.uk or email skr@skr.org.uk.



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