Saturday 7th July 2018 marked another milestone for three athletes who successfully sat for black belt examination grading which was held at Mgarr Karate Club, Mgarr. Grading levels achieved in Shodan (1st Dan) and Nidan (2nd Dan) with Cristinel Ursu and Samuel Reeves achieving Shodan (1st Dan) and Robert Azzopardi Nidan (2nd Dan).
The Examining Board was made up of MKF Technical Director Sensei Jesmond Schembri 4th Dan, MKF Chief Referee Sensei Anthony Zammit 6th Dan, Sensei James Galea 6th Dan and Sensei Jason Edwards 5th Dan.
Karate is a lifetime journey and one which requires commitment and self-discipline. As Karate founder Gichin Funakoshi wrote “The ultimate aim of practicing Karate is not about victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of the participant”. ‘We are pleased to celebrate this achievement with our athletes today who have succeeded thanks to this philosophy of hard work and dedication’. These were the comments of Sensei Jesmond Schembri, Technical Director of The Malta Karate Federation.
From left Sensei Jesmond Schembri, Samuel Reeves, Sensei Anthony Zammit, Robert Azzopardi, Sensei James Galea Cristinel Ursu and Sensei Jason Edwards.