College students attain new degree of martial arts ability

College students attain new degree of martial arts ability

The All Stars Martial Arts Academy hosted their nationwide finish of yr gradings on the McKinnon Secondary Faculty East Campus in East Bentleigh.

It was the primary mixed gradings occasion since earlier than COVID-19.

Among the many lots of of scholars grading in varied martial arts resembling karate, muay thai boran, boxing and MMA, 5 Deniliquin karate college students and one from Finley had been trying their subsequent rank.

Murray/Riverina Shihan Daniel Zrajko stated Deni college students Kobie Nixon, Henry Campion, Seth Fuess and Finley Pupil Chelsea Hehir all achieved Sho Dan Ho (black belt).

“The black belt grading includes being noticed and examined on varied expertise, resembling bodily methods, health, self defence, verbal diffusion expertise and coordination,” Zrajko stated.

“Chelsea Hehir is the primary black belt to come back from the Finley karate dojo since its opening seven years in the past.

“Lillianne Jansen and Jake Harvey achieved their Sho Dan (first diploma).

“This grading is concentrated on very particular methods, college students are to carry out all of the kata (sample/routine of methods) they’ve learnt thus far to their judges.

“Lillianne and Jake had been additionally introduced with the honour grade of Senpai. This can be a Japanese time period of respect.”

Dai Senpai Nic Stubbings was additionally introduced with a really particular award on the presentation – the Bushido cross.

“The Bushido cross is a pendant introduced to the coed by the pinnacle of college at any rank, after being nominated by a membership teacher,” Zrajko stated.

“A scholar can develop into entitled to the cross by displaying the seven virtues of Bushido: rectitude, braveness, benevolence, respect, honesty, honour and loyalty.

“As soon as introduced you belong to this elite household of warriors following the code of bushido.

“College students practice fiercely to earn the honour and privilege of being awarded the Bushido Cross, Dai Senpai Nic has earned this privilege.”


New black belt college students Seth Fuess, Henry Campion, Kobie Nixon and Chelsea Hehir with teacher Shihan Daniel Zrajko.

Kancho Rod Catterall, head of Freestyle Gojo Karate, thanked the Murray/Riverina academics – Kyoshi Mick Fargiacomo Shihan Zrajko – for travelling and serving to out on the day.

He additionally commented on the wonderful dedication from the Deniliquin and Finley college students for travelling to date to signify Deniliquin All Stars.

It was echoed by Zrajko.

“A giant congratulations to our new brother and sister black belts on reaching their Sho Dan Ho.

“This can at all times be one in every of your largest and most life altering achievements”

Upon being introduced with this new black rank, all new black belts had been requested to put on their belts for 72 hours after the evaluation to remind them of their journey of laborious work, self-discipline and dedication it has taken to succeed in this degree.

All college students had been additionally requested to recite the black belt pledge upon completion of the grading, the pledge that each one black belts dwell by, which states “I vow to dwell my life by the rules of a black belt, sincerity, modesty, courtesy, self management, etiquette, integrity and an unbeatable spirit”.


Chelsea Hehir, Finley’s first black belt, preforming a facet kick through the black belt grading.

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