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Dan Gradings 2008

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

The annual Yama Arashi UK dan gradings were held over the weekend of the 19th to the 21st September 2008.

The weekend was well attended, with a commendable number of red belts making the effort to participate on the courses. The Friday course was taken by Barbara Moss Sensei demonstrating many different flowing techniques.

The Saturday afternoon course was taught by Barbara Moss, Brian Kennedy and Ric Costigan Sensei’s.

On the Sunday, the gradings were busy with seven first dan candidates nervously waiting to do their best. The successful candidates who passed their first dan are;

Russell Coleridge Garry Merrell Andrew Hughes Joanne Mackinnon Steve Martin Matt Hoare

After the course all and sundry took to the traditional Bell Inn for the post-grading meal. Paco put on a fine spread and we left a lot fuller, and some drunker, than when we arrived. On returning to the Phoenix Club we stopped for a few drinks to cap off an all-round energetic and positive weekend.

By: Jake Irwin (1st Dan)

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