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Martial artists prepare to strike

Sixth Dan master Phil Monaghan with Kirk Mahoney, Miona Jovanovich and Dave McDonald, who will be testing for their third, second and fourth Dans.
Sixth Dan master Phil Monaghan with Kirk Mahoney, Miona Jovanovich and Dave McDonald, who will be testing for their third, second and fourth Dans.

THE students of Diamond Martial Arts are busy preparing for their final graduation of 2010.

Twenty students will graduate to provisional black belt and black belt and three will be graded to second, third and fourth Dan respectively on Saturday, November 27.

Taekwondo sixth dan master Phil Monaghan said each provisional black belt and black belt student will arrive at Diamond Martial Arts at 9am to pass their fitness testing requirements, and then at 10.30am they will be tested on their skills and practical knowledge of their martial art.

Then at 5pm at Sportz Central the 20 hopefuls will join the rest of the academy’s students for the graduation ceremony, which will feature showmanship demonstrations with weapons, board breaking, self-defence demonstrations, poomse (patterns) and sparring.

The martial arts included in the graduation will be Taekwondo, Hapkido, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and MMA.

“We expect to have well over 100 students ‘on the mat’ and it will be a great opportunity for the locals to come and see what the martial arts are all about,” Master Phil said.

“It’s a really fantastic, encouraging, positive environment, and it’s something that we are really proud of. This will be the biggest graduation I’ve conducted and it’s a real thrill to see so many students achieving their goals.”



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