Samurai Karate School Wisbech teenager Robyn battles against odds to pass Marshland Hall Dojo grading session
Five Samurai Karate School (Wisbech) students were successful in achieving passes at a OSKA UK Dan grading session at Marshland Hall Dojo and overseen by OSKA UK officials.
The students were thoroughly tested on all aspects of their Grading syllabus. A Dan Grading is a technical, mental and physical test with the main emphasis on the technical.
Harry Murrell and Euan Shaw, who are both 16 years old and have also been training since the age of 5 with SKS, achieved Merit passes at Nidan (2nd Dan). They have reached an excellent level in karate.
Iain Hunt aged 60 achieved a pass at Nidan level.
Mikey Austin, who joined as a 1st Kyu about 18 months ago, has made some remarkable changes and improvements during that time. He has achieved a Shodan pass.
Finally a success as Robyn Murrell, 19, achieved her pass at Shodan. This has been a very difficult journey for Robyn. She should have taken her grading three years ago but a series of operations, and a very serious viral infection have hindered her progress.
Sensei Steve King said: "Robyn has fought back every time, never thinking about quitting. This was probably one of the most rewarding Dan Grade awards we have ever made. These grades are a fantastic way to mark our 20th birthday year.
"Working with top Karate Sensei like Paul Herbert Sensei, Ady Gray Sensei (England coach) and Dave Hazard Sensei, has really helped to raise our standards. We welcome Sensei Ady Gray to dojo this Sunday to teach."
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• From left: Mikey Austin, Robyn Murrell, Sensei Steve King, Harry Murrell, Euan Shaw, Iain Hunt, Sensei Andy Watson.