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Recent Gradings

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Loreto College Kenpo Karate Schools recently held a number of high profile gradings where juniors and seniors were put through their paces. The grades lasting a number of hours put all students through a gruelling examination requring physical strength and mental appitude of Ed Parkers forms and techniques.

(L-R) Jessica O'Reilly, Jonathan Tully, Damien Tully, Alan Corrigan, Garbhan Dillon, Dermot O'Reilly, Freda Roberts, Darryl Murray, Ciarán Roberts, John Bradley
Garbhan Dillon Achieves 1st Kyu Brown

High rankings gradings included Garbhan Dillon who graded to 1st kyu brown belt. Dillon who has been training diligently for 12 years is now focussing on the prospect of achieving a black belt. A member of the Loreto College fighting and kata teams Dillon has travelled to the Netherlands twice, the island of Jersey twice, the UK and the USA for European and World Championships and is a frequent winner at these competitons. He has also been playing gaelic football since he was 9 and even played in Croke Park and won the school finals in 1988.

(L-R) Jessica O'Reilly, Jonathan Tully, Damien Tully, Darryl Murray, Alan Corrigan, Pamela Keating, Dermot O'Reilly, Freda Roberts, Ciarán Roberts, John Bradley
Pamela Keating Recieves 3rd Kyu Brown Belt

Also promoted was 16-year-old Pamela Keating who achieved the rank of 3rd kyu brown belt. Keating, training for the last 10 years, has grown to be a fierce competitior and has many accolades attributed to her despite her young age. Keating commented after the grade that: "Joining at the young age of six was the best thing I ever done". Her goal is now aspiring to achieve the ever-important black belt grade in the near coming future. The grading panel all complemented Keating on her grade and said this "represents a huge leap for her now entering the senior ranks of brown belt".

Dermot O'Reilly, Daniel Murphy, Erika Stobie, Hannah Byrne, Tom Lahiff, Alan Corrigan
Daniel Murphy, Erika Stobie, Hannah Byrne, Tom Lahiff All Recieving Their New Belts

A number of junior's also tested for grades. These include Daniel Murphy, Erika Stobie, Hannah Byrne and Tom Lahiff, who all successfully graded for their green belts.

Chief Instructors Corrigan and O'Reilly added: "All of the recent grades are a significant step reflecting the knowledge, time and hard work that our students regularly give week in week out".