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Black belt Role of Honor

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What does a black belt mean?

Today a man strives initially in the martial arts to become a “Black Belt” in karate to learn to fight. But as his training progresses he should become aware of a stronger calling, the molding of himself into a better person, not only in fighting ability but also in dignity and honor. This has traditionally been the goal of the martial arts student. The black belt is an award or honor given to the modern knight or samurai who has sacrificed many hours in disciplining and honing his body and mind to achieve the epitome of physical and mental attainment. The black belt is the symbol of an expert.

Originally, the ranking system was established to provide a series of levels by which students could measure their progress. The first black belt awarded for karateka is known as a “Sho-dan”.

This means the student has mastered the basics of the art and is now ready for a more advanced form of training. The student who continues training will now receive “Dan” ranks or degrees of black belt as he progresses.

Role of Honor

We are proud to have produced a number of black belts, here is our commendation for those who have put the time in and endured countless hours of training to simply take the first step in what we believe is ‘the beginning’.

5th Degree

  • Lee Carter

3rd Degree

  • Layton Jenkins
  • Harry Greenall
  • Joshua Carter

2nd Degree

  • Daniel Jenkins
  • Tobias Williams
  • Angharad Morgan
  • Joshua Carter
  • Carol Davies

1st Degree ( Black Belt )

  • Nathan Jenkins
  • Daniel Francis
  • Curtis Davies
  • Connor Davies
  • Christopher Mattick
  • William Brown
  • Amy Brown
  • Dave Poynton
  • Sian Poynton
  • Sharon Poynton