There were a few nervous students at the first ITF SEQ grading on 8 September. This was the night when Sabum Kris Richardson, Chief Instructor ITF Taekwon-Do Wide Bay, would be examining the students for their next belt level.
Prior to the grading starting, Chief Instructor Kris presented Instructor Dale, Assistant Instructor Leah and Ashley with their 2nd Dan ITF certificates. These certificates are issued by ITF headquarters in Vienna and provide these individuals with international recognition of their 2nd Dan status. Each certificate has a unique number and is registered in the ITF database, which manages the training history of every ITF black belt around the world.
Patrick was the first student to present himself to Chief Instructor Kris and he did a sterling job demonstrating his understanding of the 9th gup material. Chief Instructor Kris promoted Patrick to 8th gup.
Jen Wright applied for her 3rd gup promotion and performed a series of patterns, practical self defence techniques, free sparring, model sparring and board breaks. Chief Instructor Kris was pleased to promote Jen, as well as annouce her as the August Instagram online competition winner.
Tara, Jimmy, Brent and Taylor, who are preparing for their next grading, received valuable feedback on what Chief Instructor Kris will be looking for when they apply for their next promotion.
Thank you to Sabum Jackson, Instructor Dale, Assistant Instructor Leah and Ashley for their assistance in running the grading and behind the scenes work.
Please click on the link to the ITF SEQ Facebook page for more photos from the first ITF SEQ Spring Grading.