Black belt grading success for Lympstone and Exmouth Karate students

Alex Roper

Alex Roper - Credit: Marianne Fox

It has been a couple of incredible weekends of karate for Lympstone and Exmouth Karate students after participating in gruelling karate gradings. 
Lympstone Dojo students Leanda Gage and Alex Roper, along with Exmouth Karate Academy student Freddie Martin and Exmouth chief instructor Kevin Berry undertook a modified, Covid-secured black belt grading held by the Karate Union of Great Britain in Exeter under the watchful eyes of 8th Dans Sensei Frank Brennan, Sensei Gary Harford, Sensei Billy Higgins and Sensei Jimmy Brennan. 
Black belt gradings were unable to take place for over a year, but with safety measures put in place, a black belt grading was hosted in Exeter on Saturday, June 26 and Bath on Saturday, July 17.  
Black belt gradings consist of three essential areas, which are 'Khion' (basic movements consisting of kicking and punching); 'Kata' (sequence of moves) and socially distanced ‘Kumite' (fighting).  
Students are assessed on an induvial level on their technical abilities, alongside their drive and passion.  
Through tireless training, a bucketful of determination and persistence, Leanda, Alex and Freddie were among those successful in attaining their black belts in Exeter, Kevin Berry passed his 4th dan black belt in Bath. 
The pass rate on the day for those attending was 66%, which underlines just how well the Lympstone and Exmouth students did. Further, 11 members from Lympstone Dojo and four members from Exmouth Karate Academy attended a kyu grading (coloured belt examinations) hosted by Exeter Shotokan Karate Club on Friday, June 25.  
Sensei Frank Brennan assessed each student on their abilities and offered words of wisdom on how students could improve and better themselves. Congratulations to the following students. 
Lympstone Dojo: Kirsty 8th kyu(red belt), Benji 7th kyu(yellow belt), Claire 7th kyu(yellow belt), Ciaran 7th kyu(yellow belt), Ailie 6th kyu (green belt), Olive 5th kyu (purple belt), Sally (purple belt), Evie (purple belt), Imogen (purple belt), Lucy (purple belt), Alex 3rd kyu (brown belt). 
Exmouth Karate Academy: Ethan 7th kyu (yellow belt), Emily 4th kyu (purple/white belt), Keith 3rd kyu (brown belt), Bernie 1st kyu (brown 2 white strips – next black belt). 

Leanda Gage

Leanda Gage - Credit: Marianne Fox

Kevin's karate success

Kevin's karate success - Credit: Marianne Fox

Freddie Martin

Freddie Martin - Credit: Marianne Fox

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