Kyokushin karate-Six new black belt holders promoted



The six karatekas with their instructors

A large crowd of colleagues, parents and spouses had turned up to witness as well as cheer them during the event.

Lilette Esparon Savy, Luigi Adrienne and Jonathan Sam were subsequently promoted to the grade of 2nd dan (Nidan) black belt, while Joeanne Pragassen, Dr Liban Segura and Neddy Robert were promoted to the grade of 1st dan (Shodan) black belt.

 Roy Cadence and Jimmy Padayachy, who are preparing for their 3rd san (Sandan) and Shaun Pragassen who is preparing for his Shodan grading early next year also took part in the grading.

The grading session was conducted by local Kyokushin branch chief, Shihan Phillip Moustache 6th dan with the help of the two newly promoted Shihans – Francis Françoise and Phillip Verghese – both 5th dan presiding as the grading officers.
During the grading, the karatekas were required to demonstrate all the basic and advanced techniques of Kyokushin karate which include Ido Kihon (standing basics), Ido Geiko (moving basics), Renraku (combinations) and Kata (forms). 

They had to perform numerous strength and endurance exercises as part of the stamina assessment. The students were required to perform katas up to the grade they were attempting and prior to the grading, they all had to do a theoretical exam.
The hardest part of the grading was undoubtedly Kumite (fighting) with the number of opponents varying according to the grade being attempted.
The three Shodan candidates had to fight 20 opponents whereas the three Nidan candidates were required to fight 30 opponents with all the fights being conducted under the International Karate Organisation’s full contact rules.
They were cheered on by the large crowd of spectators who had turned up to witness the event. All the members aptly demonstrated Kyokushin’ unique philosophy of the “Spirit of Osu” which requires them to persevere beyond one’s limit and by the end of the fights, all six karatekas were still standing apart from a few bruises.

At the end of the grading, Shihan Moustache then informed them that they had succeeded in their tests and promoted them to the rank of 1st dan and 2nd dan respectively with the title of Sempai.
Roy Cadence, Jimmy Padayachy and Shaun Pragassen will be undertaking their grading early next year during the visit of Shihan Kenny Uytenbogaart 7th dan.
The gradings bring the number of Japanese-registered black belts in Seychelles to 65 – the highest number of Kyokushin black belts in the region.

Gradings for the lower Kyu belts will continue during this month.
This year has been a very successful one for the Kyokushin school with 11 black belt promotions ranging from grade 1st to 5th dan.
Congratulations to the six newly promoted Kyokushin black belt holders. 
Meanwhile, the Kyokushin karate school wishes to inform members of the public in the Mont Fleuri and surrounding areas who would like to practice this style of karate that training sessions are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Mont Fleuri youth centre.

Training sessions are conducted by Shihan Francis Françoise 5th dan.

A special children’s class is held every Saturday morning at the La Promenade Gymnasium from 8.30am to 10am. The Kyokushin karate school is also considering introducing karate classes for women in 2013.