The Malta Karate Federation (MKF) held its highly anticipated Coaches Black Belt Grading event on January 20th, 2023. The judging panel consisted of some of the most respected names in the Karate community, Sensei James Galea (Chairman Examination Board) and Sensei Anthony Zammit (Chairman Refereeing Commission) and was overviewed by the MKF’s foreign consultant Maestro Santo Torre (8th Dan). The event was a major milestone for the graduating Senseis who demonstrated their hard-earned skills and techniques to earn the coveted black belt ranking.
Sensei Karl Anastasi from Impact Karate and Fitness Centre, Sensei Jesmond Schembri, MKF Technical Director, Sensei Michelle Vella and Sensei Frankie Vella, both from Pembroke Karate Club, and Sensei Joe Tanti from La Salle Karate Club all achieved the rank of Black Belt 5th Dan (Godan). This is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and years of training in the art of Karate. The 5th Dan ranking is highly respected and recognized as a symbol of mastery in the art.
One of the highlights of the event was the awarding of 6th Dan (Rokudan) to Sensei Jason Edwards from Rabat Karate Club. This ranking is considered a major accomplishment and is only given to a select few who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication to the sport of Karate. The ranking of 6th Dan is not only a recognition of their physical skills but also demonstrates mastery of the mental and philosophical aspects of Karate.
But the pinnacle of the event was the awarding of 7th Dan (Shichidan) to Sensei Anthony Zammit from B’Kara Karate Club and Sensei James Galea from Mgarr Karate Club. This is one of the highest ranking in the sport and is only awarded to those who have made a major impact in the karate community. Sensei Anthony and Sensei James have not only demonstrated exceptional physical skills but have also made major contributions to the sport through their teaching and mentorship of others.
The Black Belt Grading event on January 20th, 2023, was only the beginning, as another event followed on January 29th, 2023, and the results of the new graduates will soon be announced. The Malta Karate Federation is proud to celebrate the achievements of these talented athletes and is looking forward to recognising the next generation of black belt athletes in Malta. The future of Karate in Malta is bright, and the MKF is honoured to be a part of it.
“Congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and dedication in showcasing their skill and progress in the karate grading event. Your commitment and passion for the sport is inspiring and admirable. We applaud your efforts and look forward to seeing you all achieve even greater heights in the future.” – Mr Kenneth Abela, President, Malta Karate Federation.
No Comments to "Black belt gradings"