Karate club backing for air ambulance with £1,600

Whitby Shotokan Karate Club present a cheque to Great North Air Ambulance which went to the aid of one of its members, Nikita Smith, when she was involved in a serious road traffic accident.
Whitby Shotokan Karate Club present a cheque to Great North Air Ambulance which went to the aid of one of its members, Nikita Smith, when she was involved in a serious road traffic accident.

Whitby Shotokan Karate Club handed over £1,626 to the Great North Air Ambulance which went to the aid of one of its members, Nikita Smith, who was involved in a serious road accident.

The club rallied round and made the money at a special demonstration at The Met.

The cash was handed over during a recent grading at Airy Hill School, with students ranging from novice to senior purple / white belts.

The examining panel consisted of five senior black belt instructors, Senseis Mike Howard 5th Dan, Jim White 3rd Dan, Chris Watmouth 3rd Dan, Sallyann Smith 2nd Dan and Ian Henderson 1st Dan.

The session started with warm-up exercises conducted by Sensei Henderson.

The students were tested on their karate skills from simple punching and blocking techniques to the more technical applications of Kihon Kata (basic forms) Heian Kata (more advanced forms) and advanced fighting techniques.

Presentations followed after the event.

Each grading at junior level wins the student a coloured tag on the white belt until three tags are achieved, before they progress to the first coloured belt (orange) then two tags from orange to red belt.

The standard of the gradings were magnificent and all students performed to the satisfaction of the examination panel. The following students gained their awards: from Novice to 1st Mon (white belt + 1 yellow tag) Harry Pallett, Gianluca Mastrolardo, Remy Stevens, Leo Lasvigna, Mario Lasvigna and Violet Lasvigna.

From 1st Mon to 2nd Mon (white Belt t+ 2 yellow tags) Daniel Hatchwell, Hunter Powell and Olivia Elcoat.

Finley Carr was awarded his third yellow tag.

Jaycee Dixon, Ben Elcoat, and Charlie Dodds were awarded their orange belt.

Adam Hodgson moved up to orange two tags and Jack MacKinder, Kiaren Dormer and Sam Reynolds received their third yellow tag.

Alison Conn moved from white belt to orange belt, Tom Pound moved to red belt and Jorden Peart to red belt 2nd tag. The next few gradings were more advanced. Abbie Taylor, Aidan Marsay and Sonny MacDermott received their yellow belts and Joshua Tinkler was promoted to green belt. Daisy Stokoe moved up to purple belt and Joe Davies and Josh Winter joined the senior ranks by gaining their purple/white belts.

Club Chief Instructor Sensei Mike Howard (5th Dan black belt) congratulated all the junior students, whose ages range from five years upwards. He said the standard of the students reflected the standard of the instructors.