Denny is latest karate black belt

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Ashington Karate Club are proud to have a new black belt in their ranks.

Denny Shy travelled to Manchester to take the grading under the watchful eyes of Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Karate Union of Great Britain.

The grading focusses on the three main aspects of karate – kihon (basics), kata (set forms) and kumite (sparring).

The event was heavily attended, with people travelling from all over the country to train and grade. Just over half of those taking the grading passed, with even fewer doing so on their first attempt.

Denny was one of those who passed first time, which is a fantastic achievement.

Ashington Karate Club’s senior instructors Sensei Jill Kelly and Sensei Trish Bruce also attended to support Denny through is grading.

Sensei Jill says: “Fortunately, as the grading took place on a Sunday, both myself and Sensei Trish were able to go to train and support Denny during the long grading process, as we were not committed to teaching that day.

“It was particularly hard for Denny, as after his grading, he was called up to fight two further opponents who were undergoing their gradings and without suitable partners!

“Denny did a superb grading, never dropping speed, focus or etiquette, and was finally rewarded with his 1st Dan Black Belt. As Sensei Sherry remarked to him afterwards, he “worked really hard for that” well done to Denny, well deserved!”

The club train on Saturday mornings at Ashington Leisure Centre from 10am-11.30am, and on Thursday evenings at Josephine Butler Campus from 6pm-7pm. More information can be found by contacting Sensei Jill Kelly on 07930324556 or visiting the club website www.ashingtonshotokankarate.co.uk. New starters are welcomed all year round.