Dragons grading again

Purple Dragon karate school holds another round of grading soon and the athletes are in intensive training in preparation.  

Purple Dragon founder Professor Don Jacob and the grading committee will be in George Town from Oct. 27. There will be a motivational martial arts training seminar on that date.  

The following day, the advanced ranks and adult students will be tested for their next rank by Jacob.  

On Oct. 29, testing for beginner kids will be conducted by Jacob, a ninth degree martial arts expert. Each exam will start at 5.30 p.m. 

In the meantime, the Purple Dragon Cayman Islands branch is having its founder’s day celebration and open house this Saturday, Oct. 11, at its base in the Mirco Centre, from 1 p.m.  

Sensei Floyd Baptiste is head of the Purple Dragon school here. He said, “We’re celebrating the 60th birthday of Professor Jacob. All are invited to come out and view the best martial arts training facility in the Cayman Islands, make some new friends, enjoy some snacks and have some fun.”  

Like the dozens of Purple Dragon schools dotted globally, the Cayman Islands branch is preparing for the Purple Dragon World Karate Championships 2015, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, next July.  

Thousands of karate enthusiasts from all over the world will be there.  

Four years ago, Cayman took a strong team of more than 20 martial arts students to compete against more than 1,000 competitors from all over the world. Jacob, a Trinidadian, said on his last visit here, that Cayman’s recent improvement means it will be one of the biggest threats to the host team for most medals.  

Cayman came home with several golds last time. “Training has already started for this event and we expect to do even better at the 2015 event,” said Baptiste. 


The Purple Dragon grading is at the end of October. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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