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WINTER 2018 DAN GRADE PROMOTIONS
                                                                                                                                
From Saturday 17th February until Wednesday 21st February 2018 the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy held it's annual International Winter Course at the Spectrum Centre in Guildford, Surrey. Two hundred and fifty people attended from all over the World, with instruction lead by the Grand Master of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei H.Otsuka III Saiko Shihan who had traveled from Japan especially for the course. He was assisted by Sensei Arthur Meek 7th Dan Renshi and Sensei Peter Hill 7th Dan. It was so good to see Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan attend everyday and his presence helped everyone to concentrate their efforts.
At the end of the course a Dan Grading Examination was held, lead by the Grand Master. Ten members from Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai took part in this examination and the following members were successful:
Promoted to 1st Dan: NEIL FORDHAM
Promoted to 2nd Dan: MARK VALLEI
Promoted to 3rd Dan: CHRISTOPHER GRUNDY, RUSSELL OVEY & CRAIG HILL
Promoted to 4th Dan: ANDREW KILBY, WAYNE HANDFORD & DANIEL BEVAN




SUMMER 2017 DAN GRADE PROMOTIONS




MATTHEW SOANES being presented with a certificate for his promotion to 5th Dan at the 2017 Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Summer Course. Matthew started Wado-Ryu Karate-Do with the late Takamizawa Sensei and Peter Hill at our group's first ever dojo at the Eric Palmer Centre, Great Torrington in 1984 as a twelve year old boy. Matthew is an ex-European Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kata champion and won the prestigious International Millennium Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Individual Kata title in front of the late Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan. Matthew continues to train and study deeply, and is now a respected English Karate Federation and British Karate Federation official.



After ten years of regular training mother and son REBECCA CHALMERS and DILLON CHALMERS from Bideford were successful in passing at the first attempt 1st Dan on the 2017 Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Summer Course in the New Forest. Dillon is now off to Bristol University and all our best wishes from everyone concerned with the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai go to him.

 

At the 2017 Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Summer Course, SUSAN GREENAWAY from Exeter passed 1st Dan at the first attempt. Sue as trained and been a member of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai for the past 19 years. Sue has had many reasons to give up over the years, but continues as loyally as the first day she started.