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2010 Shitokai New Zealand DAN Grading - Saturday 11th December 2010
Karatedo Shitokai - Saturday 11th December marked another year where hopefuls were going for the Dan grades. This year Matt Redfern and Aaron Springford were grading for their Shodan and Matt Burns for his Nidan.
Palmerston North travelled up two days earlier so as to have a training night with the club and also got a chance to view some the Kyu gradings. However, come Saturday, it was all on as we came around to the Dan grades. Matt Redfern and Aaron Springford were first up, covering Kihon, Kata and Bunkai. Both showed their skill, but like all Bob's Dan grading the best was yet to come. Dojo fighting was next and with a line up of eager Black belts, they were going to get a work out. Unless you have had the good fortune to go for a Dan grade, one doesn't really experience the exhaustion once this part of grading begins.
The fighting requirements are high and designed to break the gradees down to see what their spirit is like, followed by Sensei Bobs special Ab work and pushups when they are completely exhausted. I was particularly impressed with Aaron Springford on the day as I got to work with them both two days earlier and I saw an improvement even in that short time.
The highlight for every Dan grading is the Nidans and this year Matt Burns was grading. Matt was in top form physically and it looked like he was going to breeze through. After covering off the basics, it moved on to requirement in Kihon and knife / club self defence, followed by the bunkai requirements. Matt put in a lot of work and it showed with bunkai being performed with two opponents at the same time.
As mentioned, the fighting requirements are high and designed to break the gradee down to see what their spirit is like. Matt recently fought at Oceania so straws were being drawn to see who was going to take on a still fresh gradee. As stated, dojo fighting is very different to competition fighting and Matt soon discovered what that was like, hitting a wall after his first fight with more to follow.
No sympathy from the other Nidans present as we had all experienced what that feeling is like and this was no exception. Matt got though the fights, finally ending with Sensei Bob special Ab work and pushups when they are completely exhausted. The spirit showed was tremendous and all three gradees came through very well.
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