Nine kickboxing newcomers put their skills to the test in XKT Port Edward’s grading on Saturday.
They were put through two-and-a-half hours of strenuous exercise and techniques, which tested their mental and physical endurance.
Grading was done by XKT South Africa president Shihan Raymond Phillips as well as Shihan Anita Phillips, who travelled all the way from Edenvale, Gauteng.
From pushups to kicks, these trainees were pushed to and beyond their comfort levels, but they all obtained their grades.
Seven of the nine rookies were doing their first grading, with only Dominic Mortada and Amanda Liebenberg having passed their first grading easily and obtained their yellow belts in May.
The duo went one step further and obtained their orange belts, an impressive achievement since they skipped their second yellow.
Liam Beckinsale, Riaan Steynberg, Laruschka Sweetland and the Flowerday trio of Bridgette, Terence and Gia all obtained yellow belts, while Miguel Martin improved to white belt, second red stripe.
The trainees at XKT Port Edward thank Shihan Raymond and Shihan Anita for travelling so far to come and do their grading, as well as the extra tips and lessons they gave them.
They also thank their instructor Sempei Stones Steenkamp, for the patience, support and hard work he puts in with them.
XKT South Africa was established in 2004 and is a member of SAKA (South African Kickboxing Association), WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations), MMASA (Mixed Martial Arts South Africa) and IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation).