Jessica Lee has trained with Chippenham Karate Club since she was 6 years old. She has trained regularly, taken part in competitions and helped out with the children’s classes each week.
The plan was for Jess to take her Dan Grade in 2020 but unfortunately this was not possible due to the pandemic.
Jess is now 18 and emigrated to Australia earlier this week. Before she left, Sugasawa Sensei very kindly authorised her to attempt a Dan Grading. This took place at the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham on Monday 6 December. The grading panel consisted of Senseis Steve Rawson 7th Dan, Pam Rawson 7th Dan and Carol Chatterton 6th Dan, with Sugasawa Sensei overseeing the grading via Zoom.
I am pleased to say Jess passed and it was lovely to see her obtain her black belt before heading off to pastures new.
We will miss Jess at the club and wish her well for the future. Her plan is to continue to train and hopefully start a club of her own one day!
Best of luck Jess, keep in touch!!
Carol Chatterton 6th Dan