Our first club grading of 2015 has come and gone … and it was a great success!
On the 23rd of May 2015, our students submitted to intense scrutiny from Sensei Eugene and some of the club’s black-belts and guess what? The students did their best and they made it – earning themselves their next belt level!
This may very well be one of the most mentally and physically challenging things you’ll ever do. It’s usually over in 15 minutes, but it takes months and even years of (often) blood, (always) sweat and (sometimes) tears to complete successfully.
I’m talking about your Shodan Grading!
This past weekend, the 14th of March 2015 to be exact, four from the Solis Ortus family were assessed and awarded with their Shodan or 1st Dan:
Marcel Wouda, Dewald Bekker, Liam van Rooyen and Morney Plescia.
This post is brief description of the run-up and the actual grading from a personal point of view – I hope it gives future Shodan candidates an idea of what to look forward to and work towards.
It is always worth the hard work, dedication and the long wait. At long last my new Shodan graders received their official recognition from Japan. I am so very proud of each and everyone of you who have worked to hard for this grading. I present you with your shodan certificates – you deserve it!!!