Sensei Kolesnikov holds gradings several times a year throughout the UK for grades up to brown belt, and once a year in the Oldham head dojo for black belt gradings. This year, the black belt gradings took place on 18th September 2010.
Congratulations to Andy Trim from the Plymouth club, Nigel Stevenson from Bridport, and Aled Gethin & Amanda Lindsay from Exeter for getting their 1st Dan Black Belts, and Phil Stollery from Swindon & Bristol for gaining his 2nd Dan Black Belt. Congratulations especially to Nigel (pictured below, back row 2nd from left), for passing his 1st Dan on his 49th birthday.
Back Left to Right: New 1st Dans Andy, Nigel, Aled and Amanda
Front Left to Right: New 2nd Dan Phil Stollery, Sensei Kolesnikov (7th Dan)
Following the gradings, Sensei Kolesnikov posthumously awarded 2nd Dan to Alex Savchenko, who was due to take his grading but sadly passed away recently.
Pictures from Nigel's grading to 1st Dan
Phil's 2nd Dan grading
...defending against weapon attacks