Strict standards met
The recently established Japanese Karate Association in Matamata had its first grading on Saturday May 19.
It started as just another day for some but for the students who have been training with Sensei Danie van der Linde since February this would be a day they would never forget.
Grading took place at the Matamata Intermediate School hall and they would have to prove their worth in front of Sensei Karl Naoroji, fifth Dan, from the Pakuranga Dojo in Auckland.
Tension was felt throughout the building as the students arrived and started warming up with some stretching and a quick rundown of the day’s happenings.
The first students lined up for their examination which would involve the three building blocks of JKA Karate namely, Kion (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring).
Working in pairs the adults started off while the whole build- ing went quiet with spectators watching every move the participants’ made.
Time seemed to stand still and the pressure was mounting as everyone finished their grading.
The scores were examined and then the moment arrived when it was announced that every single student who participated had passed their first grading!
This was quite an achievement considering the international grading system was in force, with the results kept on record in Japan.
With the first grading now completed, the club is taking in new students again as this group moves to the next level.
If you would like to join the new intake contact Danie van der Linde on 021 131 0604 or on jkamatamata.com