On Saturday 11th May we held our Summer 2019 Dan grading. As usual it was held at Little Staughton Village Hall.

It gives me great pleasure to be able to share the results below.

The day itself kicked off at 10am with the juniors first up. After the juniors it was time for the adults attempting Intermediate Black Belt, Shodan and Nidan. Finally it was time for Matt and Russell to take the stage and grade in front of all the examiners for their Sandan.

ALL the students worked very hard and it was great to see the positive results. Those who didn’t quite make it this time, keep working hard and we hope to see you back in November!

What is a Dan Grading?

A Dan grading is the name given to the exam used to asses a students ability to progress to a certain Dan grade. A Dan grade is essentially a level of Black belt. Many non-Karateka believe a black belt to be the pinnacle of Martial Arts study, however this isn’t the case and is really where the learning starts. The system was first applied to martial arts in Japan by Kanō Jigorō (1860–1938), the founder of judo, in 1883, and later introduced to other East Asian countries.

A Dan grade is symbolised usually by a gold bar sewn onto a black belt. For example, if you were a 2nd Dan you would have 2 gold bars showing on your black belt. In ESKA (English Shotokan Karate Association) Dan grading’s are used to attempt the following grades:

  • Intermediate Black Belt (No gold bar – Brown Belt with a Black Stripe)
  • Black Belt [Shodan] (After 6 months of training the student is awarded their Shodan – 1st Dan)
  • Nidan (2nd Dan Black Belt – 2 Gold Bars)
  • Sandan (3rd Dan Black Belt – 3 Gold Bars)

Junior Dan Grading

Congratulations to all the Junior’s who passed their Shodan. There were a large amount grading with some retakes for Kata and 5 others. Well done everyone.

Shodan (Black Belt – 1st Dan)

  • Natasha Johnston – St. Albans
  • Charlotte Pryor – Hatfield
  • Will Maillou – Cambridge
  • Joshua De Peralta – Stevenage
  • Isabelle Johnston – St. Albans
  • Megan Johnston – St. Albans
  • Leo De Silva – Knebworth
  • Lucy Hogg-Tempany – Stevenage
  • Jude Crawley – Cambridge

Adult Dan Grading

Congratulations to the following Adults who passed their intermediate Dan and black belt grading’s. A great deal of effort was put in by all.

Intermediate Black Belt

  • Maddie Webb – Stevenage

Shodan (Black Belt – 1st Dan)

  • Hans Barnard – St. Albans

Sandan (Black Belt – 3rd Dan)

Finally the Sandan’s had a go and both passed their last ever grading! A special mention to Russell who takes his first and last grading with ESKA and importantly earns his ESKA Black Badge!

  • Matt Allen – Knebworth
  • Russell McAlinden – Cambridge

Other Pictures from Freestyle Grading Element

Final Word

A great grading day with many successes! Remember, if you didn’t get through on the day, don’t give up, come back stronger next time.

Thank you to the grading examiners Sensei Mike Nursey, Gavin Paul, Paul Raymond, Paul Grimsey, John Gillespie, Owen Ramsden, Ian Walters and Tony Stones . All 5th Dans and above.


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