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BAA Summer School & Grading

Martial Arts Dojos Dublin

There are a number of special events on the BAA calendar one of which is the Annual BAA Summer School and Grading.  This year it was held in the new Ichiban dojo, in Leeds 

This year Summer school took place over three days beginning on Friday at 10:00am and concluded on Sunday at 2:00pm followed by grading examinations which concluded at 5pm.

Some topics this year focussed on:

  • Some of the kihon expected to be demonstrated within the applications section of the BAA syllabus that can easily be neglected in preparations,
  • A study of Kakari-geiko and Hikitate-geiko fundamentals,
  • A study of the Dai-Yon as a demonstration of kuzushi and movement focussing in the dual role of tori and uke in its performance,
  • A short study of sections of the Dai-ni and judo influence,
  • a short study of some traditional (Aikikai) Aikido techniques,
  • a short study of the jo kata for two participants
  • and finally an introduction to some karate takedown techniques from the Shukokai syllabus.

Grading / Examination

As always at Summer School at the conclusion of Seminar, many candidates from clubs across the UK and farther afield present themselves for examination and text for promotion. This year DTA had two candidates presenting for dan grade test. The examination panel on the day comprised; B.Jones 7th Dan, G.Baxter 5th Dan and D.Ramsden 4th Dan so standards were expected to be high.   As expected at Summer school not all candidates are sucessful, but on the day the hard work and commitment put in over the preceding years was evident with both of our candidates delivering a controlled and technically strong performance in their demonstrations and application.

Congratulations to:-     
P. Dempsey:   promoted to Nidan  
J. Ryan:          promoted to Shodan 

Martial Arts Dublin Dan Grading Success

Being congratulated by Sensei Garrett Baxter 5th Dan



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