The day started with a morning class at the Worcester Park Dojo. Four students attended and they practised for the final time before the grading. The class ended just before midday to allow a short break and a snack lunch.
Everyone had arrived by 12.00noon, and the registration process was completed. Licences were checked and everyone was asked to fill in their Grading Sheets. Adrian Tyndale headed the panel and the grading formally started, with all 6 candidates warming up and demonstrating foot and hand movements. The number in attendance was the smallest ever.
The grading ran smoothly with each of the three examiners, Harvey Goodman 6th Dan, James Austin 4th Dan & Adrian Tyndale 5th Dan having a batch of candidates to look at and record each technique. The panel reassured those taking part, which helped them to settle. Two students were attempting Dan grade and no junior grades were grading to senior.
At the end of the grading the examiners summarised their view of the day’s performances, as a general comment. More work is needed on balance breaking in some cases. It was a good grading with one unsuccessful candidate. The new grades were announced and congratulations given in the form of applause. At the end a commemorative photo was taken and the BAA Licences were all signed and returned to the candidates.
DAVE HARRISON 1st Dan
Well done to all and especially to the successful Dan grades, Dave Harrison and Mark Waller. A special thanks to those who attended to support the candidates, Ian Dunn, Martin Dean, Apostolos Avlonits and Eamon Odabashy. Unfortunately with the low attendance the Grading made a financial loss.
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Next Grading - Sunday 25NOV2012 12noon - 4.00pm
O DO RYU AIKIDO St John's Church Hall, 411 Malden Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7NY