The International Shotokan Karate Federation of Barbados held its first grading for the year over the Easter period.
Conducted by Sensei Peter Warren 7th Dan, a total of 71 persons tested for Kyu rank, some twenty-one students took their first test (yellow belt), while two juniors tested for Shodan.
Nine-year-old Graham Bradshaw and ten-year-old Mitchell Szucs both successfully attained the rank of Shodan. Part of I.S.K.F. rules for juniors is that they spend one year training at the Brown belt level before their test.
Several students have trained diligently over the last year and it showed in the execution of their techniques. They are also training on the local squad to participate in the ISKF Caribbean Karate Championships to be held in the British Virgin Islands in July.
The next scheduled grading will be in July when there will be between five to ten persons testing for Shodan and Nidan. (PW)††