Six students successful in attaining new grades
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.
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.
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.