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Shotokan Karate Ryu members Adele Ward, Rees Green and Katie Leslie awarded first dan black belts

Three Shotokan Karate Ryu members enjoyed success at a rigorous black belt grading.

Adele Ward and junior students Rees Green, 13, and Katie Leslie, 15, were awarded the rank of first dan.

They were tested on a variety of skills, including their understanding of terminology by performing kihon drills delivered in Japanese, their knowledge of the 12 karate katas required for black belt and set defences against nine different attacks.

From left, Shotokan Karate Ryu's Rees Green, Katie Leslie and Adele Ward
From left, Shotokan Karate Ryu's Rees Green, Katie Leslie and Adele Ward

The candidates partnered up for kumite drills, showcasing their ability to seamlessly adapt to different fighting styles, before the examination culminated in free-style fighting, with each candidate battling consecutive opponents.

The panel, which featured senior examiners Sensei Michael Ring, Sensei Donna Ring and Sensei John Park, said: “We have rarely seen such a dedicated group of karate students.

“They should all be proud of their achievements. Their dedication and perseverance to traditional karate-do is an inspiration to all of us.”

Green is the 50th student to graduate from the Bishop’s Stortford-based club’s Tiger Tots programme, developed by Sensei Donna Ring (fifth Dan) in 2004 for children aged four to six.

Visit skr.org.uk or call 01279 731752 to find out more about the club.

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