The OTGKA honbu dojo in London holds a black belt grading weekend twice every year, in March and September. It is recommended that students that are ready to take their final brown belt test take this opportunity to prepare themselves for the black belt test that follows. A year ago the club gained a new Goju Ryu black belt as Gary Potter passed to shodan, with Xorge Castro passed to 1st kyu. This weekend was time for Xorge to take his black belt test and for Catherine Rooney to take her 1st kyu test. I am delighted to report that both candidates were successful.
Every grading is special, but we were especially proud of Xorge as he is the first club student to take the full journey from white belt to black belt at Cambridge Goju Ryu. Of course, the real journey starts now!