The Joburg School of Aikido has a new shodan student in its ranks. Darko Sensei, assisted by David Sensei and Gail Sempai, promoted Steven to shodan after a long, intense grading on 10 November 2010. Steve spent well over an hour on the mat, along with Jon, Niki and Raees, who were all promoted to 1st kyu. Also promoted during the grading were Colin (to 3rd kyu) and Rami (to 5th ky). Business taken care of, the meeting moved to the bar, where drinks were on Steve – in line with club tradition – and various heavy issues were discussed lightly.