Aikido Black Belt Testing

Client: Shudokan Black Belt Academy
Event: Black belt testing for adults, young dragons and cadets
Venue: Shudokan Black Belt Academy, Sherwood, Nottingham.
Brief: To document the testing

An intense couple of hours, when no one seemed to stand still. Low light levels, yet even so the reading near the windows was five times that by the opposite wall. In aikido the action is very quick, no slow motion or standing around posing for these guys. I wanted a variety of photographs showing action, plus the furniture of the dojo, (the Shomen), and of course a good pic of each candidate, (only a selection shown here), as well as a selection showing the senior sanseis judging the performance. To finish off, a team photo of the kids for the parents.

Black Belt Grading at Shudokan dojo in Sherwood
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