Kickboxing: WKN President gives first High Grading seminar in Malta
Kickboxing athletes had the opportunity of attending the first High Grading seminar conducted in Malta by World Kickboxing Network (WKN) President Stephane Cabrera.
Cabrera was in Malta to preside over a WKN High Grading, during which 60 athletes from Ying Yang Club – Team Noel, and 3 athletes from Kibishi Mitchi Club, received a higher belt during an exam held at Ying Yang Club in Fgura on the 2nd of June.
The highest level obtained was a 6th Dan Black Belt by Master Noel Mercieca, followed by a 5th Dan Black Belt by World Champion Daniel Zahra and Coach Terence Cilia. During the same grading Kancho Adrian Axisa and Master Noel were also awarded titles in the WKN Hall of Fame.
A seminar given by none other than Cabrera himself followed the grading. During this seminar Maltese athletes had the opportunity to learn from a veteran coach and athlete, who currently happens to be one of the most influential figures in kickboxing.
Meanwhile, the athletes who obtained a new belt during the High Grading were:
Yellow Belt: Madeline Vassallo, Shaun Medina, Caryl McKay, Kirsty Rizzo, Miguel Polidano, Brenda Spiteri, Emillo Barbara, Anouska Naudi, Alan Aquilina, Denzel Galea, Noel Pace, Gary Fenech, Lionel Zerafa, Charlot Baldacchino, Stephan Holland, Jake Gomes Blanko, Triston Piscopo, Nieve Kelly, Fay Cortis and Steve Mallia
Orange Belt: Kaiden Paul Camilleri, Kurt Saliba, Kirstin Shoutan, Jake StJohn, Garreth Bonnici, Jordan Desira, Francesco Farrugia, Keith Chircop, Ishmael Azzopardi, Dygon Azzopardi, Faith Azzopardi, O Jay Mangion, Skyler Bezzina, Diego Grech, Elise Musu, Sherice Attard
Green Belt: Kim Besancon, Jeffrey Schembri, Jessica Vella, Faith Vassallo, James Busuttil, Wendy Amber Pace, Jamie Bugeja, Jean Luca Muscat, Herbert Mifsud, Kimberly Gatt, Sven Farrugia, Jean Aber
Blue Belt: Jean Luca Pantalleresco, Jessica Casha, Diane Schembri, Rachel Abela
Violet Belt: Isajjan Zammit, Aaron Portelli
Brown Belt: Christopher Rotin, Clint Chircop, Jadee Cassar, Darien Doneo,
Black Belt: Evan Frendo, Brandon Spiteri (1st Dan), Daniel Zahra u Terence Cilia (5th Dan), Noel Mercieca (6th Dan)