Second dan honours for two Mansfield black belts
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.