General gradings are the lifeblood of a karate dojo. On Saturday it was a pleasure to see so many enthusiastic and skilful students from the 10th kyus earning their first promotion on the journey to black belt. Karate talent was also very evident in the white, blue and yellow belts going for their next grade too. With over 3 hours on the dojo floor, the green/brown belts showed that determination in the face of adversity is needed to succeed at this level. Many congratulations to Rob Tinholt on being promoted to 1st kyu, just one step away now from becoming a black belt. Our thanks go to Jun Shihan Lou for enabling such a broad range of students to demonstrate their very best karate on the day and allowing them to leave the grading with a beaming smile and a huge sense of achievement. Osu!
Reminder - Guidance for returning to training after COVID-19
Heads up instructors, some of our students have had to step off the floor to catch their breath after returning to training post COVID-19. Please keep a close eye on your students and remind them to take it easy if they are coming back to training after being ill.
All students, please read our rough (karate) guide below. Full details are in the British Medical Journal. Please contact JS Lou if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Before considering graduated return to training, the karateka must be able to complete activities of daily living and walk 500 metres on the flat without excessive fatigue or breathlessness.
2. It is mandatory to have at least 10 days’ rest and be 7 days symptom-free before starting.
We recommend self monitoring:
- Resting heart rate. - Rated perceived exertion (see infographic for details). - Sleep, stress, fatigue and muscle soreness.
If any symptoms occur (including excessive fatigue), you must return to the previous stage and only progress again after a minimum of 24 hours’ period of rest without symptoms.
Rest - 10 days minimum NO exercise. (Meditation) You must have 7 days symptom free before you can go to Phase 1.
Phase 1 - 7 days minimum Meditation, stretching and extremely light activities (1-5 pushups).
Phase 2 - 7 days minimum Low intensity activity such as (more) meditation, stretching and walking (= open dojo or tai chi). Building to 30 minutes walking. (10-20 pushups, 1 kata).
Phase 3 - 7 days minimum Moderate intensity aerobic and strength activities (= whānau class). Building to 30 minute somewhat hard workout session and feel recovered after an hour.
Phase 4 - 7 days minimum Moderate intensity aerobic & strength challenge (= K Marion or S Peter's general class). Building to 2:1 days training: recovery. At completion of Phase 4 resume normal volume of training but limit hard sessions to 1/week for two weeks. (= 1 x conditioning class or 1 x green belt or 1 x brown belt class or 1 x black belt class).
Osu Ei Koh Hanshi! We're so incredibly privileged and lucky to live here in Aotearoa. We have not one, but two Ei Koh Hanshi in the world! Osu congratulations Ei Koh Hanshi Renzie, Andy and Charles!OSU good evening
We are delighted to announce that yesterday Hanshi Charles (New York), Hanshi Renzie and Hanshi Andy took promotion with Kaicho and Nidame via zoom. It was a celebration of their journey as karateka and as pioneering members of our special practice. They now hold a new title, Eiko Hanshi, meaning ‘everlasting light’. They will be the only recipients of this particular title.
Congratulations Eiko Hanshi Renzie and Eiko Hanshi Andy. You have shared a long and wonderful journey together as fellow karateka.
We are all immensely proud NZ wide.
Congratulations also extended to you both from all Christchurch Shibu and Nelson Shibu karateka worldwide!
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Like father, like daughter - Whānau-friendly classes definitely work for us at Auckland Seido Karate. Many congratulations to Senpai Asmara and Senpai Emily on your sho dan promotion on Saturday. Grace and synchronicity were the watchwords for their kata and syllabus work. The 40 rounds of sparring was just hard work. Thanks to Jun Shihan Scott for devising a challenging grading that pushed the candidates to their limits, and to Jun Shihan Lou and Kyoshi Julie for supporting their training programme.
Huge congratulations to Senpai Gareth Facer on your sho dan promotion on Saturday. Every grading is different, every candidate is different, but the objective is the same - to test truly whether someone is worthy of wearing a black belt. Senpai Gareth has overcome a lot to reach this point and his mettle was genuinely tested in a thoughtfully choreographed grading. Thanks to Sei Shihan Danny for your time and effort in making this a grading to remember.