Guyana Karate College holds successful grading
The Guyana Karate College on Saturday last held its mid-year grading examinations at the Malteenoes Sports Club Dojo in Thomas Lands, Georgetown, under the scrutiny and watchful eyes of a panel of Examiners headed by Chairman and Chief Instructor of the International Karate Daigaku Master Frank Woon-A-Tai M.S, 9th Degree Black belt.
The GKC buoyed by its recent and unparalleled success at the World Shotokan Karate Tournament that was held in July of this year in Toronto, Canada, where they brought second copping 24 Gold, 4 Silver and 17 Bronze Medals, beating many karate powerhouses from across the globe, saw a total of 76 Karatekas being graded.
Headlining the grading Saturday was Aubrey Bettencourt a senior Karateka, who was promoted from a second degree (Nidan) black belt ranking to a third degree (Sandan) ranking, Tashana Wong, Kenny Wong and Tenecia Plowell who were elevated from first degree (Shodan) black belt rankings to second degree (Nidan) rankings, and Tabita Goolsarran and Alexander Hohenkirk who ascended from first kyu (Brown Belt) to first degree (Shodan) black belt ranking.
Additionally there was the promotion of twenty one 10th kyu ranked Karatekas (White Belt), promoted to 8 kyu (Yellow Belt), whilst five 9th kyu (White with Yellow Stripe) were elevated to 8th kyu (Yellow Belt), four 7th kyu (Orange Belt) to 6th kyu (Green Belt), six 6th kyu (Green Belt) to 5th kyu (Blue Belt), thirteen 5th kyu (Blue Belt) to 4th kyu (Purple Belt), nine 4th kyu (Purple Belt) to 3rd kyu (Brown Belt) and seven 3rd kyu (Brown Belt) to 2nd kyu (Brown Belt).
Climaxing the grading exercise were the outstanding performances by Kerry Ramkumar and Bharat Jhiant of the Timehri Dojo, both of whom showed considerable proficiency and flair in the execution of their katas and kihon and were skipped from 3rd kyu (Brown Belts) to 1 kyu (Brown Belts).
Other notable performances were recorded by Daniel Jailall, Hannah Farinha, Brittney Ramkissoon, Rachel Ramlall and Rebecca Ramlall.
Senior Instructor and Vice Chairman of the GKC Sensei Jeffrey Wong a 6th Degree Black Belt, indicated his continued satisfaction at the continued high level of performance by his students, but posited that it was not the time for the students to become complacent as a consequence of their consistent successes, as it was his belief that Karatekas from other countries would be stepping up their game to catch up with the GKC or even try to surpass the level set by the college, when they meet them again next year in St. Vincent at the Caribbean Karate Championships and in 2015 in Venezuela at the next World Karate Championships.