Black Belt Grading

Results of Seishin-Ryu black belt grading.

The time had come for our first black belt grading and i could see that the students were very nervous and didnt know what to expect.

We had a grading panel which consisted of Sensei Khai Tran, Sensei Delio Senatore, Jeff Haywood, Chris Haywood, invited 4th dan guest Sensei Gary Edwards and myself Sensei Ettore Senatore.

The grading started at 2:15pm and ran for approx. 3 hours.

The invited students were April Youngberry, Craig May, Ken Verrall, Melissa Senatore, Justen Rana, Ryan Garley and Jesse Carroll.

Ken Verrall did very well – he did and attempted everything with focus and a good attitude.
Ryan Garley was also very focused and showed it through his kata and bunkai which was very strong and well done.

Melissa, Justen and Jesse did also well.
Graig had the flu but persisted and did his best.
April was strong and put all what she had on the day and this showed in her sparring.

Jesse Carrroll, Justen Rana, Ryan Garley and Melissa Senatore all graded to shodan ho Black Belt.
Ken Verrall and Craig May graded to Shodan (1st Dan) and April Youngberry graded to Nidan (2nd Dan). Congratulations on all the students and a special thanks to Renato Langersek for taking video and all the parents and families who supported the students.

Grading News

This e-mail was sent to me from Hanshi Ramon Lowrence from
AMAHOF (Australian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame).
Myself, Sensei Khai Tran and Sensei Delio Senatore have been graded
to 3rd Dan (Sandan).
I want to thank all the students who supported us and really did us proud and to the club.

From Sensei Ettore Senatore

Hi Ettore
Just sending you a couple of the photographs taken after the grading last Saturday.
I would like to thank you all for the great hospitality and for welcoming us into your dojo. Your students did you all proud too and it is good to see such enthusiasm and ettiquette flowing down through all of your students that attended and supported you all.

I enjoyed being involved in assisting you all in your gradings and look forward to seeing you all at the Award Ceremony to be held in Melbourne at the Bayview Eden Hotel on Saturday 8th August where you will be presented your Sandan Certificates by Grandmaster Barry Bradshaw, 10th Dan. You will be able to find the forms for booking your tickets at the dinner and you are welcome to bring along as many people as you would like. We will be holding an AMAHOF EXPO “Meet the Masters” all day Sunday until about 5pm which you will all be welcome to join into the workshops. We will Have a 10th Dan Karate Grandmaster – Yoshitoshi SATO giving a short workshop as well. He is being inducted into AMAHOF at the dinner awards on the Saturday night too.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Please pass on my best wishes to all of your members and how pleased I was with their performances on the day.
Hanshi Ramon Lawrence
President AMAHOF