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Sensei Iain Crowder has been awarded the grade of Roku Dan or 6th Dan after 40 years in martial arts.
This highly prestigious award was done by none other than Sensei Dave Sharkey 9th Dan of the English Karate Organisation.
This element will profile the student who has shown progress in their training, this can be for training hard, doing great kicks, practicing correctly or improvement of behaviour this student will come from the Dragon class.
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Congratulations to Dave Fothergill & Carl Howarth on achieving their 3rd Dan grades over 20 years of dedication.
After attending and studying martial arts for 8 years achieving the milestone and our latest Black Belt Ellie Parr congratulations to the three of you!
Former karate student Ben Welsby has been selected to fight for the English karate team!
Ben who trained with the club up to moving away from home achieved his Black belt at fifteen, he started at a young age and fought at the National Championships in the early years gaining valuable knowledge of competition fighting.
Gaining an apprenticeship in aircraft engineering he moved to Chester, keen to carry on his karate Ben joined a local karate club entered the association karate tournaments and showing his skill, he has been selected for the English karate team fighting in Belgium this weekend.
Ben's younger brother Jack trains with the club in the senior class and has also competed in the National championships!
The club wishes Ben and the team the very best for the weekend!
Bronze medal for Ben, fantastic news!
A LEIGH schoolgirl was crowned the English Karate Organisation under 16s national champion in Birmingham at the weekend.
Chloe Sarbutts, a year nine student at Bedford High School, became the champion after beating an opponent from Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, in the final.
Her opponent had earlier finished second in the kata competition and was highly fancied for the kumite competition, but Chloe’s self belief in her own ability was not in question and she dug deep to come out victorious.
Sensei Iain Crowder said: “I’m extremely proud of Chloe’s achievement, her commitment to training hard has paid dividends and it’s something nobody can ever take away from her.
“She will be able to tell her children and grandchildren that she was once the best under 16 in the country, you have to be proud of that.
“Even the EKO chairman Dave Sharkey 8th Dan commented on her performance and said she was fantastic.
“The club’s record of producing champions is growing as is Bedford’s, Chloe is now the second year nine student to win following Ewan Crowder’s win two years ago.”
Grading success for the Little Dragon class.
Well done to all that passed their grade keep up the hard work!