Paignton's Torbay Karate Club again hosted the annual Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) Torbay Spring Karate Course, now in it's 28th year. An eagerly anticipated event attracting Karate students from all over the UK and abroad sees Senior KUGB instructors and international competitors passing on their vast wealth of knowledge and experience on this one-week course, culminating in a chance for students to take a grading examination for their next belt.
Torbay Karate Club's Matthew Thornton successfully graded to 2nd Dan Black Belt and Josh Davis his 1st Dan Black Belt at Friday's grading – a proud achievement for the students and their club.
Other local students who achieved their 1st Dan Black Belts include Dan Curtis (Dartmouth Karate Club) and Wayne Taylor (Exeter Karate Club). 2nd Dan Black Belts were also awarded to Beth Morris (Ivybridge's Tsutahashi Karate Club), Richard Sinnott (Dartmouth Karate Club), Zoe Jarrett (Cullompton Karate Club), David Mulvihill (Clyst Vale Karate Club), Peter Milne (Tiverton Karate Club)
Torbay Karate Club's Chief Instructor Sensei Ray Alsop (5th Dan) said, "Everyone at the club is very proud of Josh, Matt and all other students who took part. Their new grades are very well deserved considering the dedication and time it takes to reach this level. It's not easy. The KUGB are renowned for their high standards so you have to truly earn your Black Belt. It is a really valuable personal achievement which will stay with them for life."
Attended by over 230 students, the highest graded instructors in the KUGB including Chief Instructor Andy Sherry (9th Dan), and Senseis Bob Poynton (7th Dan), Terry O'Neill (7th Dan), Bob Rhodes (7th Dan), Billy Higgins (7th Dan) and Frank Brennan (7th Dan) took classes covering all aspects of Karate.
Torbay Karate Club's owner and Instructor Sensei Bob Davies (3rd Dan) has attended every course since its inception in 1985. He said, "I make sure not to miss this great opportunity to train with so many different students and keep up my own standard of Karate befitting to my grade, and out of the great respect I have for the Senior Instructors".
Paignton’s Torbay Karate club has classes on Mon/Wed/Fri from 7pm at St Andrews Community Centre, Sands Road, Paignton and offers the first class FREE to new students (6yrs to 60yrs+). They will also be taking part in the Talent Scout Event at Paignton Community & Sports Academy on 11th May. More information on the club’s website www.torbaykarateclub.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Helen Cox 07545278008.