A huge congratulations go to Bart Dziados, John O'Neill and Michael Lynch, who all took their Black Sash grading, under the close scrutiny of Master Yau during his recent visit to Ireland. The grading takes about 45 minutes and is a physically and emotionally draining test. It takes about seven years of dedicated training and hard work to reach this point, which has really paid off for them all. Bart, John and Michael all pictured below, receiving their Black Sashes and Certificates from Sifu Derek Dawson.
A special mention must go to John O'Neill, who after a long break from Lau Gar, returned to the club in 2013. John started training back in 1978, and after nine years of training took a break in 1987. After returning to the club in 2013, it took John only another four years of dedicated training and hard work to pass his Black Sash grading.
Congratulations to Stephen Bennett, Carly Anderson and Warrick Bowler, who recently graded for their 2nd Degree Back Sashes, at the Master Yau weekend in Wexford last May. Stephen, Carly and Warrick all pictured below, receiving their 2nd Degree Black Sashes and Certificates from Sifu Derek Dawson.
Well done to all the club members who took part in the recent interclub tournament held recently in Wexford. BVMA members did very well taking home their fair share of 1st and 2nd place medals.
Katie Dawson 1st place - intermediate tall
Cillian Sweeney 2nd place - intermediate tall
Emma Dawson 1st place - girls under 12 final
Aoife Kenny 2nd place - girls under 12 final
Ciarin Maree 1st place - boys novice
Grandmaster Chen Zhenlei is pictured presenting a copy of his latest book to Grandmaster Jeremy Yau which he signed with a personal message.