Karate kids make the Grade of Andy Sherry

Instructor Kain Harper earns his second dan.

Instructor Kain Harper earns his seond dan

Instructor Kain Harper earns his second dan

DARTMOUTH Karate Club held a successful grading, taken by sensei Andy Sherry, an eighth dan with the Karate Union of Great Britain.

Nine students grade successfully, with Lucy Branton earning her ninth kyu, orange belt. Also earning their ninth kyu were Jessica Branton, Trevor Branton and Tom Stewart. Ian Parker obtained his eighth kyu, red belt, Marley Maclachan was awarded seventh kyu, yellow belt, Jessica Brock and Michael Jackson both earned their fifth kyu, purple belt, and Adam Denley obtained his third kyu, brown belt.

Club instructor Kain Harper attended a black belt grading at University of Bath, with Andy Sherry and Bob Rhodes (seventh dan) and obtained his nidan (second degree black belt). Kain started training with the Dartmouth club in 1986 as a schoolboy. He then took a long break from training and returned, with his children, in 2008. After a period of hard training he obtained his shodan (first degree black belt) in 2010. Since then he has been training hard and also teaching, working towards getting his second dan, a goal he has
now achieved.

Dartmouth Shotokan Karate Club currently has four black belt instructors.

The Dartmouth Club has always been keen to give everyone a chance to try karate by having no membership or joining fee, allowing students to pay as they train.

Anyone is welcome to come long and watch a training session and the first lesson is free. Training takes place at Dartmouth Leisure Centre on Sundays at 10.30am to noon, and Wednesdays 630pm to 8pm. For further information contact Pete Atkins on 01803 833794 or visit their website, www.dartmouthkarateclub.co.uk