Three students at Konjaku Shin karate school pass black belt exams
THREE students at Grimsby's Konjaku Shin National School of Karate have passed their black belt examinations.
Liam Pettinger took his second dan grading and Alex Vasiliou and Alex Nettleton their first dans at the Lower Spring Street club.
Their examinations were demanding, incorporating kihon (basic skills), kata (fixed forms) and kumite (free fighting), but all were successful and were proud to be awarded their certificates.
Meanwhile, one of the UK's leading karate instructors paid a visit to the club.
Konjaku Shin chief instructor Dave Kershaw was joined by Jim Palmer of Shotokan Karate International Scotland.
Both 7th dan black belts, the pair have been friends for many years, and have worked together on several courses.
The duo have also been instrumental in promoting and developing Shotokan karate in India. Kershaw will be travelling to Amritsar in the Punjab region next month, and is keen to see how karate has progressed since his last visit.
As well as teaching and examining members, he will be taking a three-man team to compete in a Tri-Nation Tournament between the UK, India and Nepal.
Senior Konjaku Shin instructor Charles Hannah, 5th dan, will also be joining them.
The club hosts free taster sessions for all ages, from four and over. There is no upper age limit. Full details are available on the school's website at www.konjakushin.co.uk or by calling (01472) 267807.