MARTIAL ARTS: Grantham’s Duncan makes black belt grade at karate summer course

Grantham's Ji-Shin Wado Karate Club
Grantham's Ji-Shin Wado Karate Club
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Grantham Ji-shin Wado Karate Club instructor Angie Emms took her students to the Summer Course, Way to Excellence and Dan Grading at Alfreton last weekend.

The Saturday warm-up was taken by guest instructor Nukina sensei 6th dan, which was followed by four hours of intense training. Sunday followed a similar format with training run by world master Sakagami sensei 8th dan, Peter May 7th dan, Keith Walker 6th dan, and Nukina.

Following another four hour training session, students taking the dan grade exam undertook both written and physical testing.

Standards were set high and saw only a quarter of the students pass, Grantham’s Duncan Virtue being one of them.

Duncan has trained with Angie for the last six years and performed very well on the contact parts of the exam, partner works and kumite (fighting).

Angie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for him, it’s so deserved.

“He has attended many courses on the way to gaining his black belt, and put years of hard training in.

“I went on the course to and helped with all the attacking techniques. Also as his instructor, I went to support and be there for the result,which thankfully and due to great efforts was a good one.”

Sensei Sakagami congratulated 5th dan instructor Angie on her student’s performance, and also on the fact that the club is run solely by a female.

Angie said: “I’m sure there was a compliment there!”

She and her daughter Rosie will also be running a three-week ladies only self-protection course.

Anyone wishing to train can find Angie on Facebook or email

Pictured from left are – Peter May, Angie Emms, Sakagami sensei, Duncan Virtue and Nukina sensei.