Udansha passed with flying colors

One of Cayman’s top martial arts schools has just promoted some of its finest athletes to round off the year with another successful graduation.

CASK Karate had its 2013 Udansha (black belt) graduation ceremony at Kings Sports Center last Thursday.

This unique special graduation is reserved for only brown and black belt karate athletes who have dedicated themselves and improved their technical ability throughout the year.

To test in this high level examination a candidate has to request it formally and then be invited by the sensei (chief instructor) of the school.

In Cayman, CASK Karate has been working extremely hard to raise the local standard of its students so they can compete in the World Karate Federation Olympic sanctioned events and the World United Karate Organization World Championships.

The graduation saw eight student testing with four additional doing mock/practice exams. Three junior shodans (first degree black belts) were attempting the nidan (second degree) examination. Jaedyn Hanna, Tameka Cox and Robbie Rutkowski were all successful.

Nidan Pedro Reis, who corrected their technical paperwork said: “They were exceptional in their efforts.” To attempt the nidan exam a student has to train for a full two years past their black belt exam.

Four junior brown belts were tested all tested; Anna Scott, Joshua Cox, Carlton Wright and Kiron Dunn, who all passed with flying colors.

Nidan Jane van der Bol and Nidan Paul Lawrence looked on. Van der bol said: “We are so impressed with their ability and dedication.”

One adult brown belt, Nick Grieff, tested for shodan (first degree black belt) and passed easily. On hand were family and friends who were impressed by the ceremony and how CASK has certainly raised the bar for all its students.

Sensei Greg Reid said: “One of our 2013 goals was to increase our karate community. CASK has one 150 active students training at its headquarters at the Kings Sports Center.

“Also along with our youth, women’s and coed adult karate classes we have added our Tai Chi program. CASK offers four Tai Chi Classes per week and an additional free public Tai Chi class at Camana Bay every Sunday.”

Reid conducted three highly successful youth graduations and two adult ones this year. “We have just started sizing our students with the official sparring gear from the World Karate Federation in anticipation of 2015 being the year we start competing at the highest level in the world,” he said.

“Our juniors will be in the cadet divisions as we start the national team-training program. In 2014 we will be hosting high performance seminars in Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting).

CASK Karate wants to get more juniors into its youth programs in 2014. They now offer seven hours of instruction per week for our juniors.

For further info please check www.caskcayman.com or call 925-3367.

This unique special graduation is reserved for only brown and black belt karate athletes who have dedicated themselves and improved their technical ability throughout the year.

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