Haxby Shotokan Karate quartet make the grade

A quartet of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club members have been awarded their black belts. Pictured, from left, are Elizabeth Massey, Jack Dodds, Oliver Kilvington and Thomas Fisher

A quartet of Haxby Shotokan Karate Club members have been awarded their black belts. Pictured, from left, are Elizabeth Massey, Jack Dodds, Oliver Kilvington and Thomas Fisher

First published in Sport

FOUR Haxby Shotokan Karate Club members are celebrating after being awarded their black belts.

Elizabeth Massey, 11, Oliver Kilvington, 13, 13-year-old Jack Dodds and Thomas Fisher, 15, were awarded their black belts by Alan Campbell, head of JKS England, at a grading course.

A total of 21 Haxby members, ranging from the age of five to 54, passed, making it one of the club’s most successful grading sessions.

Chief instructor Sensei Mike Gude said: “To have four students be awarded their shodan at the same grading is amazing and I am proud of everyone who attempted their grading.”

Haxby are holding a four week beginners course for adults on Mondays and Thursdays, from 8pm to 9pm, starting on April 10. The cost is £10. Phone 07583 249115 for more details.

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