Someone participating in a black belt promotion at Doshi-Kai faces a difficult test.
The participant needs to demonstrate strong skills in Kihon (basics), Kata, Bo techniques as well as Jiu Kumite (free sparring), showing strong spirit during multiple consecutive matches.
These videos are actual footage from Andrea Tondo’s Shodan promotion on December 13. They show the results of a lot of hard work and dedication. Not every move is perfect, but the effort to improve is!
Tai-Sabaki (Body Shifting): Jab Counter-punch and then respond to an opponent with shifting down-block and counterpunch.
Jiu Ippon Kumite
vs Nelson Hsu
vs John O’Gara
Shuushi-no-Kon Sho Bo Kata
Bo 8 Attacks
Here is Andrea Tondo sparring with 10 different opponents in a row: