A very successful grading was held at Hamworthy fire station in January.
Students trained for four very intensive hours, taking grades from orange stripe to second level black belt. Enthusiastic youngsters trained along side seasoned veterans before splitting into grade specific groups.
Some students had traveled from Southampton while others live in Poole or Bournemouth.
Karate sparring on a three point system was engaged in by all with karate techniques and stamina being tested to the full. Free style Tai Chi pushing hands and demonstration of forms added to the broad based well rounded and demanding examination of martial skills.
A special congratulations is due to Cliff Bryant who past his black belt. Cliff started his martial arts training at The Southampton Karate club under Henry Reeves in 1974. He got to green belt in wado ryu karate before joining the Territorial Army. Cliff then trained in Wing Chun for a few years in the mid 1980s at The Kung Fu school that was conveniently located underneath his place of work. In 1989 Cliff was one of the original students to train in F A S T attending sessions in both Portsmouth and Southampton. Three years ago Cliff returned to train in a small private class of black belts. You become like the company you keep they say and Cliff certainly has. Cliff has been helped at the final stage by extra one to one training sessions with Dave Haynes so once again well done Cliff!
When Paul Ticehurst started to learn Wing Chun in 1992 He already had a good grounding in martial arts having studied Shukokai Karate with Lional Marinus And his team of black belts for eight Years.Karate is a great discipline and an extra level of education for any youngster to grow up with.
As well as training in Wing Chun for the past twenty years, Paul has also studied Tai Chi for many years which has balanced and enhanced his karate and Wing Chun skills. A keen cyclist, last summer Paul completed La Marotte in ten hours fifteen minutes riding over three mountains in particularly hot weather. In 2011 he rode from Lands End to John O Groats with a team of fellow firemen.
Paul Ticehurst successfully graded to second level black belt.
For the second level of black belt a candidate must convincingly prove that their martial skill understanding and effectiveness is noticeably better than the standard of first level. Many people give up martial arts once they attain first level black belt. A second level black belt is awarded to the student who continues to keep learning and improving making all that they had previously learned a well ingrained part of them selves.
Dave Haynes after fifteen years of continuous training successfully graded to second level black belt. Dave is someone with the self discipline to regularly practice at home consistently and over time this has payed off. With just a few years of hard training Wing Chun can equip a student with an explosive flowing attack the speed of which is often overwhelming. With quite a number of years of continual practice Tai Chi can give the diligent student a solidness and surprising strength beyond what would be expected from their physical appearance. Dave can now express these two qualities when training along with a pretty decent round house kick! If you were looking for an example of the motto, Be more than you appear, Dave would be your man, well done Dave.
Three younger students past the test for orange stripe belt. These three were Brandon Ticehurst along with Jake and Alfie Chambers. All three of these boys train together and are particularly keen on sparring. They have all made more than a good start and if their enthusiasm continues they could all go along way with this, well done to you all.