Ten achieve black belts

Ten students at the East Coast Black Belt School gained their black belts at the club's summer samp, backing chief instructor Steven Webster's belief that all students are capable of achieving their black belt (see picture on back page, p64.

Ten students at the East Coast Black Belt School gained their black belts at the club's summer samp, backing chief instructor Steven Webster's belief that all students are capable of achieving their black belt (see picture on back page, p64.)

The 10 students attended special classes for six months to prepare for the gruelling four-hour assessment. The grading was carried out by 8th Dan master instructor, Mick Blackwell, and the club's chief instructor 3rd Dan, Steven Webster. Among those taking part were two of the club's more senior students Chris Harvey (55), who has been studying karate for nearly 30 years, and Howard Thornton (45), who has 10 years' experience. Both were clearly over the moon at their achievement, having overcome various obstacles to their ambitions due to periods of ill health. Thornton, who suffers from sciatica and arthritis of the spine, stated: “I'm sure people often don't take up the challenge of something new, if they have any ailments, but this just shows what can be achieved irrespective of setbacks”.

If you would like to start working towards your black belt, the East Coast Black Belt School has classes all around the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area. Contact Steven Webster on 0796 9339596.