On Sunday 23rd April 2017, ESKA members attended the TSKUK Course and Black Belt Grading at the Southend Tennis and Leisure Centre. Following a compulsory two hour training course the grading took place in front of a panel consisting of Sensei Alan Parrish 6th Dan, Sensei Jason Hitchings 6th Dan, Sensei Nathan Bond 5th Dan and Sensei Carol Parrish 4th Dan. Years of dedicated training and commitment resulted in a very successful grading with 20 students achieving their 1st Dan Black Belt and 3 students achieving their 2nd Dan Black Belt.

Congratulations to the following new 1st Dans:

Lawrence Atkins, Finlay Baldock, Tommy Bluett, Hannah Brigham, Jack Carruthers, Daisy Cartwright, Macaulay Cartwright, Lana Clark Travis Forster, Joseph Govier, Lucy Hockaday, Natasha Holm, Conor Kerrigan, Udon Leathersich, Joshua Long, Shannon Marment, Todd Middleton, Luca Occhionero, Ryan Simms and Raul Wigglesworth.

Congratulations to the following new 2nd Dans:

Bailey Green, Reegan Green and Alex Loombe.