Congratulations to our newest black belts, Zach Marsdin, Scott Parent and Hudson Cook, they worked very hard to achieve Shodan (1st degree black belt),now there training can begin.
Karate is a way of life, beginning the moment you walk into the dojo. Shodan is the first big step in a karate student’s development.
Zach started training at the age of 10 at the Walkerton Ryusei Karate-Do dojo. With special permission – since Zach demonstrated good technique and a real maturity– he was able to test for shodan at age 15. Usually you have to be 16 before you can test for black belt in Ryusei Karate. Zach has also been a great teacher, assisting Mannerow-Sensei to teach classes in Walkerton when needed.
Hudson started training in at the Wiarton dojo as part of a family effort with his father Justin(nidan), sister and brother Bruce (2nd kyu). He has been part of Grey-Bruce Ryusei for several years and tested for Shodan in 2016. Justin is now 19 years old and will be joining the Canadian Military in July 2017. He has always put more on his activity plate than most and as such never has much down time. We hope he continues to work on his karate as he progresses through his military career.
Scott started training after his daughters enrolled and he became very keen and eager to learn what Ryusei has to offer. His whole family eventually began to train, however his wife has stopped currently as they expanded their family to include a son. Scott had the unique opportunity to have Sakamoto Sensei give him some pointers on his Chinto kata prior to his Shodan test in March of 2017. Scott is very active in the Lions Head and Wiarton clubs and has become a reliable and enthusiastic Sempai assisting at both clubs as he is able. Scott plans to expand his role as his skill increases. He also has an interesting tie to Japan in that his brother lives there with his three sons.
As the clubs expand it is great to see these new and exciting achievements.
Peter Zehr and Matt Mannerow