PRESS RELEASE – Shotokan Karate International Federation Saint Lucia (SKIF Saint Lucia) held the second of its scheduled examination and grading exercise for 2015 on 9th July 2015 at Zanshin Karate Dojo/SKIF Saint Lucia Headquarters, Corinth Estate.
66 students from 4 of the 5 affiliates of SKIF Saint Lucia participated in the exercise under the watchful eyes of the Chief Instructor and Technical Director of SKIF Saint Lucia Sensei Ezra Jn. Baptiste (5th Dan SKIF-Japan) who was ably assisted by Sensei Victor Dudley (4th Dan SKIF-Japan), Sensei Deborah Jn. Baptiste (4th Dan SKIF-Japan), Sensei Pius Stephen (2nd Dan SKIF-Japan), and Sempai Karim Sifflet (2nd Dan SKIF-Japan).
The majority of the participants were between the age range 5 to 14 years. Among the adults, Sandra Bonnett’s performance as White Belt (beginner) was exceptional and this enabled her to skip the Yellow Belt Rank and was awarded Orange Belt Rank.
Among the teenagers, Keamalyn Charles was promoted to 1sy Kyu Brown Belt which is the final kyu rank before the 1st Dan (Black Belt). Kenrick Albert also performed exceptionally well and was graded to Orange Belt Rank from White Belt Rank (beginner).
The youngest karatekas, Kaitlynn Desrivieres and Azari Francois, each 5 years old, passed their examination and were graded to the Yellow Belt rank. The results of the examination and grading are as follows:
YELLOW BELT:AMILLA FRANCOIS, JOSH COX, RYLIEGH GOMEZ, STEPHEN JULIEN, AMARA-JEYNE ALEXANDER, NEMERAL JN.BAPTISTE, JARRELL ST.OMAR, SHANICE SEARLES, MELIYAH HENRY, GABRIELLE THOMAS, DANQUAH THEOPHILUS, ZAYAN SANGAROO, KAITLYNN DESRIVIERES, TRE PHILIP, JOSHUA LORDE, NATHAN COTTER, AZARI FRANCOIS, MIKHAIL THEODULE, YANICH OCTAVE, JUAN ALBERT, HENRI JULIEN, ETHAN HINDS.
ORANGE BELTS:SANDRA BONNETT, JERVIN AIMABLE, GIOVANNI FRANCAIS, JABARI GABRIEL, THAI-REID JOSEPH, LUCA COZIER-SILVERA, CHRISTIEN DOVER, BRYANA BERNARD, JERNE FELIX, ZACHARY COZIER-SILVERA, NHYIM AUGUSTE, NEYAN SIMEON, SALMA MCHLWAT, ZIGGY GAJADHAR, MALIK LAMONTAGNE, KENRICK ALBERT, DESHAWN JN.BAPTISTE.
GREEN BELTS:CINNA DALSON, ANNALYN HASSELL, TARIQ DIDIER, ETHAN DESRIVIERES, TAFARI CHARLES, CALLUM BARRY, PHOEBE d’ AUVERGNE, DERNALDO EDWARDS, HUNTER RADMORE, KYLE JN.BAPTISTE, JAMES ELLIS, SHAUNELLE HASSELL.
BLUE BELT: MALIK ZIA PETER, SHAUNELLE HASSELL. PURPLE BELT:DARCY CHARLES, ANASTASIA CHANDLER, JAQUEEM JAMES, TREVOR BRISTOL, NOAH SMARTT, CHAD ALEXIS.BROWN 3: LEA GYAN, MCKALE JAMES, DOWANIKA EPHRAIM, ANNALEE STEPHEN, HUDSON HUTCHINSON.BROWN 2: RONALD POLIUS, KORDELL ST.ANGE.BROWN 1: KEAMALYN CHARLES.
As is customary, the belt ceremony which involves the tying of the new belt by the Chief Instructor and other senior instructors and the distribution of rank certificates is scheduled to take place on 17 September 2015.
The remaining key activities for SKIF Saint Lucia 2015 are Shotokan Week in October, the Awards and Recognition Ceremony, SKIF Saint Lucia National Karate Championships, finalization of plans to celebrate SKIF SAINT Lucia 20th Anniversary, and the third scheduled examination and grading exercise in November 2015. SKIF Black Belt Training Sessions continue as scheduled for 2015.