A Purple Dragon martial arts
instructor recently completed a North American tour. Sensei Floyd Baptiste,
along with club soke/founder Professor Don Jacob, embarked on an extensive
grading tour covering the United States, Canada and Cayman.
The tour encompassed grading
sessions in a number of destinations in which karate students of varying levels
tested before a panel to progress to the next level of their training
(indicated by a change in their belt color). The tour itinerary included stops
in Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, British Columbia, Mississippi and New York.
Sensei Floyd says, “It is a great
honour for me to travel with Professor Jacob and represent the Cayman Islands
on the international stage. It is always good to view the standard of students
in North America and the Caribbean, to help ensure that our martial arts in
Cayman remain competitive.”
Professor Jacob is a martial arts
Hall of Famer and world martial arts champion who introduced Don Jitsu Ryu in
1970, on which the Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts is based. The tour came
to Cayman on Friday June 4 when Professor Jacob conducted a seminar during the
evening. Dozens of local Purple Dragon students graded over the weekend
(Saturday and Sunday) in the school hall at Triple C School in George Town.
The seminar and gradings will help
prepare the students for the World Karate Championships, which are to be held
at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad this July. This year’s championships are
set to be a momentous occasion as they will mark the 40th Anniversary of the
Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts. The Cayman school recently held a martial
arts showcase at Camana Bay to help raise funds to send students to the championships
to represent these islands.
Those students will also be
attending the 2010 Caribbean Martial Arts Hall Of Fame awards, as well as
appearing in Purple Dragon’s docu-film Born 2 Win.
Purple Dragon is the longest
running martial arts school in the Caribbean, with 45 schools in over eleven
countries and thousands of students worldwide.
Purple Dragon is the only Martial
Arts school in the Caribbean which hosts grand tournaments around the globe,
most recently the Canadian Grand Slam in 2007 and the Cayman Islands Grand
Championships in 2008.