Karate belts are earned

2018-03-27 06:01
Senpai Brian Coetzee, Cherral Bourne and Richard MarcusPHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Senpai Brian Coetzee, Cherral Bourne and Richard MarcusPHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Battered and bruised and with fractured bones and tired bodies they earned their belts.

Parents are setting a good example for their peers and their children at a local dojo with three new black belts recently qualifying.

Brian Coetzee (51) , Cherral Bourne (45) and Richard Marcus (45) have been training for the past seven years and truly earned the privilege of wearing their new belts.

The three senpai (senior in Japanese) were graded in November and received their official belts from Japan last Thursday.

Trevor’s Kyokushin School of Karate founder and sensei Trevor Rustin says it was a very emotional and special occasion. The dojo is based in Westridge.

“These are three parents and their children are part of the Karate club. It is special because they have joined in adulthood. They joined after their children primarily to foster better relations with their children,” he says.

The three senpai did their grading in November at Sunlands Primary School and were given locally sourced black belts by sensei Trevor while waiting on the official certificates and belts to be issued from Japan. Rustin is a branch chief and has authority to grade students, but all authorities are still obtained from Japan. The certificates are stamped by the official council and have the grading date, signatures and personal information on them.

All three of them had been sitting and waiting for their children when they decided they wanted to join.

“There is always place for more adults to join. In fact, I issued a challenge to the parents who were sitting and waiting. I told them to come and join the club. I promise, it will change your life,” he says,

His challenge was accepted and more parents have joined.

“They have never trained before and this has changed their lives. Karate is a powerful game changer. My wish is that everyone in Mitchell’s Plain does karate. It will change the landscape completely in terms of violence and bullying and other things,” he says.

The grading takes around six to eight hours.

“The standards for a black belt is relatively high and so we make sure that they are read before they go for grading. What we do here is encourage them to create their own kata of 20 steps before they go for grading,” he says.

He adds that the katas performed now had been created a long time ago and by creating their own, the students display that they know the basics of the craft. Added to this, all students wanting to be selected to grade from the club must do 100 knuckle downs, 100 squats and 100 sit-ups before Rustin considers them.

“It is a lot of preassure and it was touch and go with the three of them for a while before they went for grading, but they made it,” he says.

Coetzee was booked off with fractured bones after the grading, but Rustin says he is glad for this as it is “the kyokushin way” and shows the belt was earned.

The grading process includes four hours of constant testing where they move continuously, followed by full contact fights with 20 senpai from the dojo. All fights must be completed­.

V For a video on the grading, visit our Facebook page.

Battered and bruised and with fractured bones and tired bodies they earned their belts. Parents are setting a good example for their peers and their children at a local dojo with three new black belts recently qualifying­.

Brian Coetzee (51) , Cherral Bourne (45) and Richard Marcus (45) have been training for the past seven years and truly earned the privilege of wearing their new belts.

The three senpai (senior in Japanese) were graded in November and received their official belts from Japan last Thursday.

Trevor’s Kyokushin School of Karate founder and sensei Trevor Rustin says it was a very emotional and special occasion. The dojo is based in Westridge.“These are three parents and their children are part of the Karate club. It is special because they have joined in adulthood. They joined after their children primarily to foster better relations with their children,” he says.

The three senpai did their grading in November at Sunlands Primary School and were given locally sourced black belts by sensei Trevor while waiting on the official certificates and belts to be issued from Japan. Rustin is a branch chief and has authority to grade students, but all authorities are still obtained from Japan. The certificates are stamped by the official council and have the grading date, signatures and personal information on them. All three of them had been sitting and waiting for their children when they decided they wanted to join.

The grading takes around six to eight hours.“The standards for a black belt is relatively high and so we make sure that they are read before they go for grading. What we do here is encourage them to create their own kata of 20 steps before they go for grading,” he says.

He adds that the kata’s performed now had been created a long time ago and by creating their own, the students display that they know the basics of the craft. The grading process includes four hours of constant testing where they move continuously, followed by full contact fights with 20 senpai from the dojo. All fights must be completed.

V For a video on the grading, visit our Facebook page.

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