Junior grading held at Portishead

PUBLISHED: 14:29 29 July 2015

A junior grading by Daigaku Karate Kai was held at Gordano School in Portishead.

Daigaku Karate Kai held its junior grading, with about 170 students preparing for the event.

The youngest group arrived at 8.15am at Gordano School, Portishead, with the day split into four gradings, which were set out in age groups.

The final grading started at 3.30pm and after a little rest, the final grading finished at 6.30pm.

The gradings incorporated fundamentals, forms and applications, throws, take-downs, grappling, sparring, pad work and a huge amount of fitness.

After hours of intense training, it was fantastic to see all the students gaining their next grade. DKK now have eight new brown belts with the grading being particularly arduous for them.

Gradings are a bi-annual event of the junior section in one of the toughest karate associations in the country - Daigaku Karate Kai, Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate.

Clubs involved were High Down Junior & Infant School and Gordano School in Portishead, High Down School Town Club, Frenchay Town Club and David Lloyd.

If adults or juniors are interested, there are training sessions for all ages and experience. Check out the website www.gojukaratebristol.co.uk and contact Dan Lewis, chief instructor 6th Dan.

Adults train at Gordano School, give it a go with a free adult karate session or Boot-camp.

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