Midland Shotokan Karate Federation Grading
On Sunday the 6th of June candidates from the M.S.K.F took part in a grooling 5 hr Black Belt grading in front of a panel of senior officials.
Jay Mellor taking 1st Dan
Richard Ogden taking 1st Dan
James Randall taking 2nd Dan
Ashley Mellor taking 2nd Dan
Adrian Pickard taking 2nd Dan
Leigh Simms taking 3rd Dan
Karen Allen taking 4th Dan ( Awarded)
David Smith taking 1st kyu
Ryan slater taking 1st kyu
Alex Barton taking 2nd kyu
Grace Kelly taking 2nd kyu
Chelsea Shaw taking 2nd kyu
The standard from all candidates was outstanding with some stunning performances in the free and competition fighting. Considering this all takes place after they have completed between 19 to 24 Katas depending on the grade being taken, knife techniques, kieon against hand and kick techniques and a written test paper a testament to the fitness of the athletes.
Special mention goes to Sensei Karen Allen on completing her assessment the week before the grading to qualify for her 4th Dan, and my pleasure to present it on the day.
Congratulations to you all.
Sensei Paul Smith chairman and head of the M.S.K.F