Karate fighters are in the black after promotion

Michael Ellis, Abby Cunningham and Alan Barrie are congratulated on becoming first dan black belts by the other members of Rokuban Karate Club
Michael Ellis, Abby Cunningham and Alan Barrie are congratulated on becoming first dan black belts by the other members of Rokuban Karate Club
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THREE members of Rokuban Karate Club in Bellshill have been promoted to black belt following an event in Edinburgh.

The three-day joint United Kingdom Traditional Karate Federation/Japan Karate Association’s annual course and grading took place in Heriot-Watt University.

Around 500 students from all over the world took their grading exam under the watchful eye of four leading world renowned Japanese instructors from the Japan Karate Association (JKA) Sensei Mori, Sensei Naito, Sensei Camino and Rokuban’s own chief instructor Sensei Kawasoe.

The three successful students, all awarded first dan black belts, were Michael Ellis (36) from New Stevenston, Alan Barrie (33) from Mossend and Abby Cunningham (12), a pupil of Holy Cross High in Hamilton.

Senior coach Pat Higgins said: “Congratulations to them all, they are a credit to themselves and to the club and all their hard work, dedication and commitment has paid off.

“I would also like to offer a special mention to club instructor Davie Cunningham who worked tirelessly with the three students during their preparation for the grading exam.

“I’m sure he had a major influence on them being successful, as did all the other coaches and black belts at the club who assisted in the grading preparation of the students.”

The Rokuban Karate Club train at the Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre from 7.30-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and have been based there since October 1996.

Anyone interested in joining can attend on these nights or call Pat on 0796 927 9140 or the sports centre on 01698 747466.