66 Karatekas tested at JKA/WF Guyana grading exercise
The Japan Karate Association / World Federation Guyana (JKAWFG) held its Second Grading exercise for 2012 on Saturday July 14 where a total of 66 students were tested for promotion from their three combined Dojo’s.
Grading for Georgetown took place at their headquarters and main Dojo in the National Park Thomas Lands, where 40 students were graded. Some 26 students were graded in the afternoon at the Rose Hall Community Centre in Canje, Berbice (14 from Port Mourant and 12 from Canje Dojo’s). The results of the grading were as follows:
In the Beginners stage: 7 students advanced from 10 KYU (white belt) to 9 KYU (1st yellow); 3 adults were outstanding – Richard Toney, Micah Morgan and Maxene Joseph, advancing from white to 8 KYU (2nd yellow); 10 advanced from 9 KYU to 8 KYU (2nd yellow); 14 advanced from 8 KYU (yellow) to 7 KYU (orange belt); 11 advanced from 7 KYU (orange) to 6 KYU (green).
Intermediate Stage: 4 advanced from green to purple; 5 from 5 KYU (1st purple) to 4 KYU (2nd purple); 2 advanced from 4 KYU to 3B KYU (brown belt).
Advance Stage: 4 advanced from 3 KYU (1st brown) to 2 KYU (2nd brown); 3 advanced from 2 KYU (2nd brown) to1 B KYU; while 3 students – Annessa Taylor (Georgetown), Deoram Ramdas, and Andy Sam-Reddy (Berbice) excelled advancing from 2 KYU to 1 KYU (last stage brown). These 3 will now start the intense preparation training process to take their Shodan examination (1st Dan – Black belt) testing in one year’s time.
The Berbice Grading had a compliment of Black Belts students and other senior members from HQ Dojo in Georgetown who attended the session to train and conduct Bunkai demonstration (Kata applications) with the students.
The parents and other curious onlookers got a firsthand glimpse of the depth of this art form and went away with a completely different perspective of Shotokan Karate. Grading exercises were conducted by local Chief Instructor – Sensei Christopher Chaves (4th Dan) and assistant instructor Sensei Marvin Singh (2nd Dan).