Six stu­dents suc­cess­ful in at­tain­ing new grades

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Three Toko­roa young­sters have gained black belts from Zen Do Kai Freestyle Mar­tial Arts.

The trio were among six stu­dents from Toko­roa En­ergy Do­jos who at­tended a grad­ing in Welling­ton.

The na­tional event saw 140 stu­dents from Zen Do Kai clubs across New Zealand meet to as­sist, sup­port and grade for new belts and ranks from blue belt right through to fourth de­gree black belt.

The Toko­roa club had three ju­niors and three se­niors tested for their next lev­els.

Three years of work cul­mi­nated in Kauri Ariki Tepana, Sca­nia Stothers and Jayziah Cur­tis achiev­ing their ju­nior black belts.

The trio all graded for their first belts in 2007 and have pro­gressed through the ranks to­gether.

Kauri was awarded a gold medal which ac­knowl­edged him as the top per­form­ing ju­nior black belt of the grad­ing.

Three

se­nior stu­dents were also graded. Mike Al­lan and Elaine Os­bourne re­ceived their blue belts and Char­lie Tepana achieved sec­ond dan black belt.

Toko­roa head in­struc­tor Tangi­wai Amopiu was pre­sented with her sen­sei ti­tle and pro­moted to pro­ba­tion­ary third de­gree.

She was also pre­sented with the Zen Do Kai Na­tional In­struc­tor of Year award due to her fine ef­forts with the Toko­roa En­ergy Do­jos Club.

The club of 30 mem­bers have three age group classes for ages four to six years, seven to 13 years and 14 plus.

The club trains on Tues­days and Thurs­days at Toko­roa High School.

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BLACK BELTS: Toko­roa stu­dents (from left) Jayziah Cur­tis, Kauri Ariki Tepana and Sca­nia Stothers have at­tained their ju­nior black belts in Zen Do Kai Freestyle Mar­tial Arts.

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