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Who Are The 38 Sunshine Coast Karate Students Boasting New Belts?


‘Congratulations to all Sunshine Coast Karate students challenging for new grades over the weekend and thank you to all our parents/family members who continue to support all students on their journey to black belt and beyond’

For those students who graded on the weekend, be sure to take some time to celebrate your achievements with your family and friends.  And most importantly please set yourself some new goals and target dates (completion/celebration dates) to make sure you keep up your momentum as you progress to the higher levels. Even have some check-in points prior to your completion/celebration date of your next main goal so you can adjust and keep yourself going straight to your goal and not somewhere else.

For those students not grading in June, I would like to challenge all of you to take the time to gain some perspective on your progress to your achieving your next goal – maybe some of you are focusing on challenging for new grades in August.  Are you on track, do you need to make some minor changes to get yourself back on track or are you almost there and you just need to accelerate as the August grading closes in on us.  Wherever you may be at in your journey make sure that you continually align yourself with your goals.  This will keep you on your toes and keep you progressing each and every day.

On your journey to achieving your next belt you are going to be confronted with some ‘challenges’.  Here are some thoughts on challenges which I hope helps you continue to stay focused on your goals.


1.  Perspective – Challenges are what you make them.  They are as big as you want or as little as you want.  They can be painful, they can be fun.  You have the power to choose your perspective.

1.  Your Next Challenge Has Arrived – celebrate!  This is a good thing.  This means that you are on the path.  It is completely normal and it is a part of the cycle to achieving your goals.  Just keep on going!  …..Remember, it is normal.  It is OK.  Please don’t think everyone hates you, or things don’t work out for you.  A challenge is a ‘gift’.  A friendly reminder to let you know that you are on track.  So next time you receive a challenge (a gift)…. be grateful and say thank you and just keep on moving forward.

2.  Accountability Is Magic – Have your support team in place and be held accountable to keeping your eyes on your goals and be accountable for putting the runs on the board to achieve your goals.  There will be things that come up to distract you from putting effort into achieving your goals.  Your support team will keep your honest.

3.  Enough is Enough – When it is all getting too hard – and you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Kind of like you have hit the worlds biggest and meanest challenge of all on this path to achieving your goal.  Take a breathe and get real excited – you are almost there.  You think I am crazy don’t you. :>)   Well it is all a matter of perspective and I know that whenever I have come to this point although I couldn’t see the finish line…. I could certainly feel it and I knew it and I believed I was already there but no one else could see it yet.  Just keep on running towards that finish line.  Focus on your goal, and you will soon see that finish line getting closer and closer.

‘Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ‘ ~Newt Gingrich

And remember that we are always here for you.  All you need to do is ask for help.

And here is what you have been waiting for – The complete listing of all 38 Sunshine Coast Karate students who all stood up to their challenges on their path to gain their new belts over the weekend.  Many of these students approached us personally over the last few months to help them refocus, others were able to keep themselves focused.  Either way everyone on this list is an inspiration and an example of overcoming challenges and achieving their goals.  Well done everyone!

12th Kyu (Yellow Belt)
Brock Bowyer, Edward Allan, Savannah Kemp, Jack Graham, Bart Carmody, Matt Doecke, Kodey Tonner Jones, Samuel Doecke, Cameron Hannah, Jennifer Hannah.

11th Kyu (Orange Belt White Stripe)
Emily Shera, Heath Nicholson, Zoe Stielow, John Boman

10th Kyu (Orange Belt)
Lesley Richards, Wayne Marriott, PJ Doughty, Mika Fenwick

9th Kyu (Green Belt White Stripe)
Raphael Borleis, Adam Amos, Jade Glare, Jodie Marriott, Zac Neasmith, Wendy Boman, Lachlan Whale

8th Kyu (Green Belt)
Adam Gray

7th Kyu (Blue Belt White Stripe)
Renae Saunders, Adam Popescu, Euan Gray, Selina Strazzari, Jake Davis

5th Kyu (Purple Belt White Stripe)
Matthew Thomson, Jessica Strazzari

4th Kyu (Purple Belt)
George Britchford, Donell Cook

3rd Kyu (Brown Belt White Stripe)
James O’Grady

2nd Kyu (Brown Belt)
Aidan Leask, Tom Hurley

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