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Students make the grade

PUBLISHED: 10:11 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 July 2010

TSKR students at the gradings in Dereham.

TSKR students at the gradings in Dereham.

Members from Traditional Shotokan Karate Ryu (TSKR) clubs in Dereham, Fakenham, Watton, Swaffham and Norwich gathered at Dereham Leisure Centre for a grading held under chief instructor Terry Wittkopp 4th Dan, Bill Wittkopp 3rd Dan and Darren Webster 2nd Dan.

Members from Traditional Shotokan Karate Ryu (TSKR) clubs in Dereham, Fakenham, Watton, Swaffham and Norwich gathered at Dereham Leisure Centre for a grading held under chief instructor Terry Wittkopp 4th Dan, Bill Wittkopp 3rd Dan and Darren Webster 2nd Dan.

Students really did very well from white belt up to 1st Kyu. Exceptional efforts were seen by the white belt beginners who had only a few weeks' training. Some white belts went on to grade through to red belt, in the main due to help from private tuition and dedication into training two to three times per week. Two students, who had previously graded in June but failed, re-took their test and pulled off very good performances.

A suprised student Hannah Coole double graded to 3rd kyu, a very rare event. Hannah had scored full marks in her grade to 4th kyu and the panel were so impressed by her kata that they asked her to perform her next and was awarded the grade.

Two young lads from Dereham TSKR, Alex Dack and Dan Zelos graded to 1st kyu which took an hour to complete.

Both performed to a very high standard. Now they will have to train for one whole year before attempting the grade of black belt.

Best student awards: Chris Zhou, Sam Asher, Alistair Wilcock, Denise Hickman, Jamie Cocksedge, Max Payne, Jessica Lemon and Sophie Cane.

Blue belts (10th kyu): Rebecca Baker, Willow Baker, Kayliegh Brierley, Alice Bright, Sophie Cane, Rebecca Howard, Jessica Lemon, Ava Lodge, Morgan Savory, Jordan Southgate, Ellie Thompson, Izzie Thompson.

Red Belts (9th kyu): Scott Hardy-Jones, Clara Hickman, Charles Hickman, Denise Hickman, Maria Hickman, Amy Penny, Alistair Wilcock, David Wilcock, James Wilcock, Ryan Rodgerson, Alex Carpenter.

Orange Belts (8th kyu): Ethan Dade, Amelia Hall, Max Payne, Stephen Penny, Karen Rissman, Chris Zhou, Byron Clarke, Ryan Mylam, Mathew Haggerty.

Yellow Belts (7th kyu): Sam Asher, Tony Dack, Leon Dack, Gary Midgely, David Penny, Cameron Reid, Harry Ottaway.

Green Belt (6th kyu): Jamie Cocksedge, Emily Hewett, James Hewett.

Purple Belts (5th kyu): Darren Haycox.

Purple/White (4th kyu: Yasmin Holliday, Jack Mannering, Kian Mannering, Ben Stott.

Brown Belts (3rd kyu): Adrian Moniz.

Brown/Red Belt (1st kyu): Alexander Dack, Dan Zelos.

At the December grading it is expected there will be entries from over eight clubs in TSKR.

More details from TSKR on 01362 652855 or website www.tskr.co.uk

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