After a challenging year, it was a great pleasure for karateka from all six KIMAA dojos
to gather in Sydney for the end-of-year grading.
senior grading was conducted on Saturday 12 December at Annangrove Dojo
. It was a 6-hour event, finishing with the famous 40 fights for Kyokushin
Shodan. Select younger students from Sydney and a range of adult students from all dojos participated, with grade levels varying from 7th Kyu to 4th Dan.
Hanshi Howard was pleased with the standard displayed by all attempting to grade, especially given to the disruption in training earlier in the year.
It was a memorable, long afternoon of fights. All the kids did their fights first…
… followed by the adults.
Thirteen Black Belt grades were awarded. Congratulations go to Shihan Mark Shelmerdine
(5th Dan), Shihan James Sidwell
(5th Dan), Sensei Ben Ng
(4th Dan), Sensei Don Cheong
(4th Dan), Sempai Patricia Tan
(2nd Dan), Sempai Tony Kuo (1st Dan), Sempai Larissa Watson (1st Dan), Sempai Blayne Gayle (1st Dan), Sempai Mick Calnan (1st Dan), Sempai Nalin Alwis (1st Dan), Sempai Eric Wright (1st Dan), Sempai Sean Stevens (1st Dan) and Sempai Annika Allen (1st Dan).
Thanks go to all instructors and students who travelled intrastate and interstate to Sydney for the occasion to Sensei Alex Lloyd
and Sempai Jessica Den for the photos and videos of the day, and to Shihan Rick Cunningham for use of his dojo.