Grading joy for Fudoshin pair
TWO Grimsby karate experts emerged triumphant after a gruelling grading session with a British instructor.
John McLauchlan and Allison Calthorpe, of Fudoshin Karate School, passed examinations in Manchester to earn their fourth and second dan black belt grades respectively.
They were assessed by British Karate Association chief Brian Seabright, seventh dan.
Fudoshin School instructor Calthorpe gained her black belt first dan in 2009, three years after joining the club.
Ahead of her successful second dan grading, she won a silver medal in kumite (fighting) at the British Karate Federation National Championships, held in Oldham.
"I never even dreamed of being a black belt when I started karate," said Calthorpe. "Karate has given me goals to aim to succeed.
"And I've met some great new friends at the club, where I get to train with my son."
McLauchlan, chief instructor at the Grimsby school, earned his first black belt in 1987, aged 16. He said: "I'm no less nervous now than I was then about taking gradings!"
He added: "I'm thrilled for Allison – not simply for passing her 2nd dan, but for all the hard work she's put in."
The club is hosting its own black belt grading session later this month.
Fudoshin Karate School is holding a free session and beginners' course at Toll Bar Academy, in Station Road, New Waltham, on Thursday, February 7. Call McLauchlan on 07767 637365 or visit www.fudoshinkarate.com