Grantham karate students put through their paces

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STUDENTS from Grantham Shotokan Karate Club travelled to Bingham to meet up with clubs from Grimsby and Bingham last Saturday for a special training course and grading with club chief instructor Geoff Dixon (4th Dan).

Following two hours’ intensive training, students were put through their paces by a panel of senior instructors and were asked to demonstrate basic techniques (kihon), form or patterns (kata), and both pre-arranged and free sparring (kumite) as part of their grading examination.

Successful Grantham students were John Winter, Carole Hobster, Edward Dixon, Beth Frankcom, Andrew Murr, Matthew Murr, Jacob Neale, Emma Jackson, Amy Jackson, Sam Groves, Elvis Williams, Thomas Neale, Caz Neale, Colin Murphy, Jack Burn, Travis Williams, Owen Goulding, Ethan Wen-Letman, Olin Wen-Letman, Theo Tucker and Oliver Durant.

l On Sunday the club played host to visiting instructor Sensei Peter Bibby (5th Dan) who is one of only a small number of English referees to be qualified to European Competition standard and is chief referee to the British Karate Association.

The course covered practical aspects of kata competition and particularly the details and points that senior competition officials are looking for from competitors performing at tournaments.

l rantham Shotokan Karate Club is affiliated to the British Karate Association and English Karate Federation and trains at Allington and Bottesford village halls on Sundays and Tuesdays respectively. For further information visit www.grantham-shotokankarate.moonfruit.co.uk/ or e-mail geoff.esakarate@btinternet.com