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Karate students kick up a storm at grading exams

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

GRADED GAINS: Left to right are sensei Ray Alsop, Jacob Burton, Luke Western, Steven Roblin and sensei Andy Sherry

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ANOTHER successful grading for Paignton's Torbay Karate Club took place with all students from the club passing and two double-graded.

The examination in Ivybridge was carried out by Andy Sherry (9th Dan) – chief instructor of the KUGB.

Among the highlights of the exam were first belts picked up by students found via the Torbay Talent Scout initiative.

11-year-old Steven Roblin, along with father Ian, achieved a double grading, earning his red belt, with Jacob Burton (11) and Luke Western (10) also doing well, gaining orange belts.

The Talent Scout initiative, run in conjunction with Torbay Sports Council, aims to introduce children to sport at a young age.

But Karate is not just for youngsters. Proving it's also never too late to start a martial art, Andrew Barker also earned his first karate belt at 64 years old, with great spirit and determination.

Sensei Ray Alsop (5th Dan) of Torbay Karate Club said: "These students are the new generation in the club's 44-year history, carrying on the great spirit and achievements of our club.

"I'm proud to teach them and the club is going from strength to strength.

"Sensei Sherry complimented us on the excellent standard we are achieving.

"I would like to congratulate all who graded and I look forward to helping our students continue to accomplish their goals."

Grading Results: Andrew Barker, Ben Bentley, Craig Dark, Luke Western and Jacob Burton (Orange Belt), Cameron Perry, Steven Roblin, and Ian Roblin (Red Belt), Darren Clark (Yellow Belt), Max Taylor (Green Belt).

Torbay Karate Club welcomes new members from six and up at St Andrew's Community Centre in Sands Road, Paignton.

The club is running a special offer of one month of free karate lessons for new students.

Bring a copy of this article to the club to claim this free offer.

Subsequent classes are only £2 per child under 16yrs / £3 per adult on Wednesdays (7pm-8pm) and £3 per child under 16yrs / £4 per adult on Monday/Fridays (7pm-8.30pm).

More information can be found on the club website: www.torbaykarateclub.co.uk or email club secretary Helen Cox info@torbaykarateclub.co.uk or phone 07545278008.

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