The day started with a morning class at the New Malden Dojo. Six students attended and they practised for the final time before the grading. The class ended at 12.15pm and we all travelled over to Wandsworth, parked and those that wanted to went for a snack lunch. Most people had arrived at the grading venue in Wandsworth by just after 1.30pm, and the the registration process was started at 2pm. Licences were checked and everyone was asked to fill in their Grading Sheets. Arthur Austin headed the panel and the grading formally started at 14.30pm, with all candidates warming up and demonstrating foot and hand movements.
The grading ran smoothly with each of the four examiners, Arthur Austin, Robert Austin, James Austin & Adrian Tyndale having a batch of candidates to look at and record each technique. The panel reassured those taking part, which helped them to settle. Five students were attempting Dan grade and 1 junior grade was grading as it was the only time he could manage.
At the end of the grading the examiners summariesd their view of the day’s performances, as a general comment. It was a fair grading with some unsuccessful candidates. 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. Well done to all.
Congratulations are extended to: Victor McAnkrah 1st Dan, Kelvin Shiel 1st Dan, Christopher Pitts 1st Dan, well done!
For pictures and information regarding the proposed next grading on the 22nd May, 2011, please see the website: