Black-belt grading: 13 March 2016

Black-belt grading

2pm on Sunday 13 March 2016 is a very significant date in the calendar of a select few Xen-Do students. For any martial arts student, grading for your black-belt is the pinnacle of achievement and the biggest hurdle in your journey. Achieving your black-belt means you have achieved the top level in self-defence and achieved very high proficiency in kickboxing techniques. Your journey from white-belt has allowed you to tame the mind and make it master of the body and it is all owed to discipline and dedication to your goal.

Ahead of next Sunday, Master Raf had these special words for his students:

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

If you hang around one of our London dojo’s long enough you will hear one of our instructors utter these words:

“A black belt is a white belt that never gave up.”

To those grading, you are about to realise that sentiment. Keep up your training in these final few days and to the rest of our students, be sure to offer support in any way you can. Our philosophy at Xen-Do is all about community and togetherness. Your help may be the difference between pass and fail.

Cometh Sunday, cometh the hour! Good luck to:

Benjamin Sombot
Geoff Melamet
Jonathan Melamet
Hannah Kenley
Tracey Feeney
Patrick McCall
Tony De Angelis
Gianluca Ballarini
Melissa Atkin
Majid Hassan
Hermann Woltery
Georges Boudet
Gregory Mallard
Michael Roseman
Conor Zhou
Yoav Aviram
Natalie Matlak

And Sarah Heseltine who is going for her 1st Dan.


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