Sec­ond dan hon­ours for two Mans­field black belts

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT -

ON Novem­ber 20, Mans­field GoJuRyu Karate Club saw two of their black belt stu­dents re­ceive their sec­ond dan af­ter a gru­elling few hours of grading ex­am­i­na­tion.

The ex­am­i­na­tion in­volved three ‘katas’ (de­tailed pat­terns of move­ments), bunkai (fight­ing tech­niques) and 4 x 10 min­utes of spar­ring ses­sions with one minute rest be­tween ses­sions.

An­drew Clark and Phillip Brown were re­lieved when the ex­am­i­na­tion was over as the op­por­tu­nity for such an ex­am­i­na­tion is only avail­able ev­ery 4-5 years.

“It’s an hon­our to be con­sid­ered for the ex­am­i­na­tion and def­i­nitely ex­hil­a­rat­ing to then be con­sid­ered good enough for sec­ond dan,” said An­drew.

Phill con­curred, “I’m just re­lieved to have com­pleted the ex­am­i­na­tion rel­a­tively unscathed and proud to now be sec­ond dan.”

“Pro­gres­sion in karate re­quires dis­ci­pline and per­se­ver­ance and I am proud that both An­drew and Phill dis­played both of these traits in class and at the ex­am­i­na­tion,” said Goju-Ryu Shi­han (in­struc­tor) Gary Jack­son.

Mans­field Goju-Ryu Karate classes are held ev­ery Wed­nes­day at Unit­ing Church Hall, from 4.30pm (chil­dren and be­gin­ners) and from 5.30pm (adults).

The last class for the year will be held to­day (Novem­ber 30), and the first class for 2017 will kick off on the first Wed­nes­day in Fe­bru­ary.

SUC­CESS: An­drew Clark (left) and Phillip Brown (right) with their black belt sec­ond dan cer­tifi­cates stand­ing with their shi­han Gary Jack­son, af­ter their grading ex­am­i­na­tion.

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