Black belts step up under Greg

The Cayman Associated School of Karate-do (CASK Karate) is proud that is has some of the most qualified karate athletes in the Cayman Islands.

The school held its annual dan examination for black belts at the CASK headquarters at King’s Sports Centre.

The graduation two weeks ago saw two students from the large adult co-ed programme and one from the quickly growing women’s only programme test for their new ranks.

Matthew Whittaker (Cayman) was successfully promoted to nidan (2nd degree black belt), Arun Abraham (Cayman) and Carolina Toffoli (Brazil) were awarded their shodan (1st degree black belt).

The three participants in this year’s rigorous highly technical graduation had to demonstrate excellence in strength, stamina, Flexibility, and Co-ordination. The exam included Kihon (basic and advanced block, strikes, kicks, punches, and stances), Kata (forms), kumite (fighting), kobudo (weaponry) and traditional Japanese etiquette and terminology.

The exam was overseen by Sensei Greg Reid (8th dan) and Sensei Jimi Crooks (5th dan). Sensei Greg is the technical director for the karate style WADO worldwide under the late Master Masaru Shintani and Sensei Jimi is on the technical board for the WADO Karate Association of Canada.

The exam was carried out under the strict guidelines laid out by WADO Canada and the World United Karate-Do Organisation.

CASK teaches WADO, which is one of four legitimate and recognised styles of karate worldwide and teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages at King’s Sports Centre year round.

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