Cayman Associated School Of Karate held another graduation day at its dojo at the Kings Sports Center on Saturday with another high success rate.
Sensei Greg Reid’s around 25 less experienced students were first graded at white, yellow and orange belt level in the first session and then roughly the same number of older kids were tested for their green, blue and brown belts.
“In the first session the kids did a lot of skills that they have not previously done and it was a fantastic junior grading,” said Reid. “It showed that they are really coming up.”
The juniors tend to be between 4 and 12 years old. They watched on as the senior kids were tested in kata, weaponry, drills and light sparring.
The seniors are preparing for their first competition next year in Canada.
The Uchiage tournament is in Vancouver on March 7 involving over 1,000 and a warm-up for the Pan American Games later that year in Toronto.
“It is one of the biggest karate competitions in the world and people are coming from Japan, Europe and many other places, it is a World Karate Federation tournament,” Reid said. He hopes to take a team of 12 to Vancouver.
“If we can do that, it’s the first step in the right direction,” he said. “A lot of kids want to go but it’s a question of getting everything in the right position for them.”