Japanese Students pass two gradings

JAPANESE STUDENTS PASS TWO GRADINGS WITHIN THEIR BROWN BELTS OF SHORINJI KEMPO WHILE STUDYING IN NZ

North Shore Branch celebrated with two Japanese students on 28th March 2019.  Not only did they pass their grading to become 1st kyu (the grading preceding blackbelt), we also had an opportunity to say goodbye and thanks for a great year training at our branch.  The two students came to NZ to learn English, and were able to transfer to our North Shore branch to continue their Shorinji Kempo training while in NZ.

Yuki Kawaii was studying at Birkenhead College, and Haruki Tachibana was studying at Northcote College.  Both were from Osaka and have now been training for two years in Shorinji Kempo.

North Shore Branch Master, Darren Louie, commented at their leaving dinner how wonderful it is to have the opportunity to meet people from around the world who come together for a common passion, being self defense that is Shorinji Kempo.  He commended the boys, both 16, for how much they have grown both in their English language and their training in Shorinji Kempo while they have been in New Zealand.  With gifts of NZ Taonga from the club and a framed photo of team members from the club, the boys left with 2 gradings in total under their belt during their time in New Zealand, an enriched experience, and friends for life through Shorinji Kempo.