In November 2013 there were two Shodan Grading’s, one from the Sammyroo school in N.S.W and one from the Jinen Karate Jitsu school in S.A. In my memorie this has not happened before – one male and one female, rather nice balance I think.
Joshua Ransom and Jessica Burford were the successful applicants, on the same weekend, over 1,000 km apart – but from the same family, from the same line and doing the same sort of thing.
I will ask Kym Reid Jessicas instructor to write about her success as I cannot do her justice.
Josh started with a strong demonstration of Tamashiwari showing but strong breaks, then his fights first three energetic then slow to show technique plus a two man fight, kata including Georges own Kata Agarthi Siddha and a demonstration on the Bo then questions from the yudansha.
He faught with spirit and was assisted by Luke Bottle, Ian O'Connor (who had to retire because of a split eyebrow from a clash of heads) John Sloan Darrin Anderson, Michael Whelen, Arron Waters Nicole Groger and Sam. His Bo demonstration showed thoughtfull approach and his Kata performed well. Congratulations are in order.
Josh started learning under our Teacher the late Grandmaster George Pandu and on his death came with John Sloan to Sammyroo. I am George's first student to reach shodan and Josh is his last, I felt emotional so I pulled rank and had a short symbolic fight with him - the first and the last together.