First Wu Shin Do grading event
PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 July 2011
First grading event for Weston's Wu Shin Do Association.
WESTON’S Wu Shin Do Association held its first grading event at St Georges Community Centre recently.
Although the association has been running classes for over 20 years in the South West area, this was the first assessment for many of the students and also the first official assessment for senior instructor Shaun La Touche, who opened the club in Weston three months ago.
The training over the last three months for many of the students has been different to what they had done before, so this was a real challenge for the students to adjust.
The assessment itself was taken under the watchful eye of two senior instructors, Grandmaster Ahfou Tony Dodd (73) and senior instructor Andy Legat. Dodd is a true legend in the martial arts circle, with over 55 years of training in both the Chinese fighting and healing arts.
He is 9th degree Wu Shin Do and holds black belts in 20 other styles of martial arts and Andy Legat has over 20 years training and is a 5th Degree Wu Shin Do and is currently studying for his master’s degree in Chinese healing.
The day was a successful one for all the students and their hard work and effort paid off with them achieving yellow belts in the Chinese art of Wu Shin Do. However, for one student/instructor this was to prove a truly special day.
After six years of training Sam La Touche was awarded and presented by the Grandmaster, her black belt 1st degree Wu Shin Do.
This year is proving to be a rewarding one for Sam, who is working at Weston College as specialist support tutor as she has recently been awarded her Ba Hons in Educational and Professional Practices by the University of the West of England.