MARTIAL ARTS: New karate black belts for Grantham club

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MEMBERS of Grantham Shotokan Karate Club were celebrating last weekend after two more of the club’s students were awarded black belts.

Jason Johnson and Ian Potterton were successful in a grading held in Manchester under the auspices of the British Karate Association.

The grading was led by BKA chairman Sensei Brian Seabright (7th Dan) and a panel of senior instructors.

Jason and Ian had to demonstrate a range of basic techniques (kihon), form (kata) and sparring (kumite) against each other and existing black belts.

Exhausted after a physically demanding and intense grading, both said that they were delighted with their achievements and looked forward to further developing their karate.

This latest success comes hot on the heels of club chief instructor Geoff Dixon being awarded the status of English Kumite Judge B by the English Karate Federation which is the governing body for karate in England.

Geoff had to undertake two written exams and then be assessed over two days at the EKF National Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in April.

Geoff was also awarded Provisional Kata Judge B which he hopes to get upgraded to full Judge B when he officiates at another EKF tournament planned for July.

l Grantham Shotokan trains at Allington Village hall and Bottesford VC Hall on Sundays and Tuesdays respectively.

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Pictured from left are chief instructor Geoff Dixon, Ian Potterton, Jason Johnson, BKA chairman Brian Seabright and assistant chief instructor Dave Wilson.