Purple Dragon students celebrate black belt success

Five Purple Dragon students in Cayman celebrated their recent success at a gruelling black belt grading in Florida.

The students were honoured at a ceremony held at the Purple Dragon Cayman dojo last month to mark their success at the grading in Florida in May.

Lance Jefferson, Steffen Pitta and Cathy Williams each earned their first black belt and Mario Dadal earned a second degree black belt, three purple stars and was awarded the distinguished title of Instructor. In addition, Instructor Leonard Lewis achieved fourth degree black belt ‘renshi’ status and was awarded title of Sensei.

“Obtaining the title of Sensei is an incredible honour, made possible only by the support of everyone at the dojo, especially Sensei Floyd, Sensei Karen, Sensei Geddes and Sensei Antonio,” said Mr. Lewis. “The continuous encouragement from friends and family has made this challenging path incredibly rewarding. A special thanks to Professor Jacob, for his leadership and continued inspiration throughout my years as a Purple Dragon warrior.”

Don Jacob, founder of the Purple Dragon Martial Arts system, recently migrated to Florida and welcomed a large number of international Purple Dragon martial art students, including a number from Cayman, to take part in the three-day grading and seminar.

Grading is the process by which karate students of varying levels are tested by Professor Jacob before they can progress to the next level of their training, which is indicated by an exchange in their belt colour.

This was the second time Professor Jacob hosted a black belt grading event and seminar in Florida. Previously, all black belt grading took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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More than 50 international participants were evaluated in fighting, forms, self-defence, breakfalling and weapons, as well as their knowledge of martial arts history.