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Students at Bishop’s Stortford’s Shotokan Karate Ryu achieve 99% pass rate at latest kyu grading

Shotokan Karate Ryu students achieved a brilliant 99% pass rate at their latest kyu grading.

More than 120 members of the Bishop’s Stortford-based club took part in the event at Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre in Stansted.

The grading, overseen by Sensei Michael Ring (seventh dan) and Sensei Donna Ring (fifth dan), encompassed kihon (basics), kata (formal exercises) and kumite (sparring drills) and was a true test of the students’ skills and spirit.

Shotokan Karate Ryu members at the kyu grading
Shotokan Karate Ryu members at the kyu grading

The day began with the youngest members, the Tiger Tots, showing their prowess. The unique programme, tailored for little ones aged four to six, is marking its 20th successful year and was the brainchild of Sensei Donna.

“The dedication and passion of our students never cease to amaze me,” said Sensei Michael. “Their performance was outstanding and it fills me with pride to see the students grow and develop in their karate journey.”

SKR provides classes throughout the week for adults, juniors and families, welcoming anyone aged four and above. Visit www.skr.org.uk for more details.

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