1st Dan : Katie Williams

WESTON Karate Club held a recent club grading, which lasted for three hours.

The club’s examiners awarded each student for their effort, ability, stamina and knowledge in karate and three students, Alfie Murphy, Martina Tancock and Jimmy Pann stood out on the day.

After the grading, a brown and black belt course was held, which lasted for two hours. This was followed by a black belt grading for Katie Williams, who was put through a vigorous exam pushing her to the limits of her endurance.

Her grading not only tested her on the usual aspects of a karate, but also application of the techniques she was demonstrating. She also had to pair up against five other students in the kumite section.

Katie has been training with the club for the past five years and the three examiners were pleased to be able to award her the prestigious title of black belt.

1st Dan : Devon Troskie

KARATE with its traditional values has changed little over the centuries and is ideal for all healthy individuals to partake in.

St Marks School in Worle was the venue for Weston Karate Club’s latest combination of Brown and Black belt course and grading.

September is always the club’s smallest grading of the year. However, not only did they have a good turnout, they were again pleased by level of the skill, effort and attitude shown by the majority of students.

Training started at 9.45am and the day finished at 4.30pm. Gradings can be a testing time for an individuals nerves as they have to demonstrate their knowledge and aptitude in Karate to enable them to attain their next belt.

The day started with an hours pre-grading training, in which children and adults alike are put through a brief refresher on what they need to know for their grading.

As always, we get a few students who seem to excel on the day. On this occasion extra congratulations go out to Jake Wood and Neil Bardle, these two students were singled out for their marked improvement and effort on the day.

Saturday was also a special day for two of our senior students, Devon Troskie and Pete Grimes. At a separate grading following a long and hard Brown and Black belt course, they were successful in achieving the grade of 1st Dan (Black Belt).

Karate is an excellent self-disciplined activity for anyone to learn self defence skills, it is especially beneficial for children lacking in confidence and co-ordination. Many of our student’s parents have applauded the almost instantly visible improvements in their children.

Next year the club will be celebrating its 25th year.