The year has once again proven to be a challenging one for OGKN as the Covid-19 pandemic continues and a vast part of the year having been spent on online virtual training. As always, one must adapt, ultimately leading to the June National Gradings being held on Zoom for the first time ever.
As 2021 rapidly comes to an end, OGKN had one more major event on it’s yearly program, the annual November National Gradings. Thankfully, with regulations having loosened towards the end of the year, the National Grading could now once again be hosted in-person, and took place this past weekend on the 26th and 27th of November.
A total of 97 students tested for their next belt/stripe over the two day period, whilst being carefully watched by Goju-Ryu Namibia’s most senior black belts from the various dojos in Windhoek.
In addition to the grading ceremony that was held at the end of each grading group, annual best attendance awards were handed out for each class and dojo.
Congratulations to the following students for having the best attendance in 2021:
Honbu Dojo Junior Children’s Class
1st Place – Steven Bishop
2nd Place – Tangeni Kalushu
3rd Place – Eben Benade
Honbu Dojo Advanced Children’s Class
1st Place – Jason Collard
2nd Place – Penda Atshipara
2nd Place – Tuwilika Kanandjembo
3rd Place – Ian Pretorius
Honbu Dojo Intermediate Class
1st Place – Jaden Kumire
2nd Place – Kupakwashe Nyandoro
3rd Place – Dennis Stephansen
Honbu Dojo Senior Class
1st Place – René Bader
2nd Place –Reino Hasheela
2nd Place – Darryl Musvamiri
3rd Place – Prince-William Shalimba
3rd Place – Andre Viljoen
Shinto Dojo Children’s Class
1st Place – Mahdiyar Sabouri
2nd Place – Monique Jordaan
3rd Place – Michael Baumann
Shinto Dojo Adults Class
1st Place – Laeya Carstens
2nd Place – Tamsyn Ashleigh Main
3rd Place – Daria Burger