MARTIAL ARTS: Good news all round for Grantham karate club

Rob Edwards (right) receives his 2nd dan diploma from head of JKS Alan Campbell (6th dan).
Rob Edwards (right) receives his 2nd dan diploma from head of JKS Alan Campbell (6th dan).
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Members at Grantham Shotokan Karate Club have been kept very busy over the last few weeks.

Back in September, the club moved into its own premises in the Old Malthouse Industrial Estate on Springfield Road. Volunteers helped convert the former warehouse into a fully-equipped dojo (training hall) which includes a fully matted training area, changing rooms, a range of training equipment and good parking provision.

The club’s 5th dan chief instructor Geoff Dixon said all the club were incredibly proud of the new dojo: “I would like to thank everybody who contributed their time and effort into help making our dream a reality. We are planning a proper grand opening early in the new year when we hope to have a couple of very special guests, including one from Japan, to launch the new dojo in style.”

l Club black belt and assistant instructor Neil Bukavs (2nd dan) enjoyed a successful day at the JKS (Japan Karate Shotoremei) National Championships in Nottingham – a large tournament with more than 700 competitors from across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland taking part.

In the morning, Neil competed in the kata event and in a large field of highly talented karate-ka, he made it through to the last eight, narrowly missing out on a place in the final four.

Neil took part in the Individual and Team Kumite (sparring) categories in the afternoon, securing a fantastic silver medal.

l To complete the good news for the Grantham club, Rob Edwards has been awarded his black belt dan following an arduous grading in front of a panel of highly experienced and very demanding senior instructors.

l Grantham Shotokan Karate Club trains on Saturday mornings and on Sunday and Tuesday evenings at Unit 5, The Old Malthouse, Springfield Road, Grantham. More details can be found on the club website www.granthamkarate.co.uk or by contacting Geoff Dixon on 07546 203682.