Grading course for karate students

PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 29 September 2017

Weston Karate Club.

Weston Karate Club.


Weston Karate Club held its latest grading course, presided over by chief instructor Kevin Roberts and ensei Mervyn O'Donnell 8th Dan from Portsmouth.

Weston Karate Club chief instructor Kevin Roberts together with Sensei Mervyn O’Donnell 8th Dan from Portsmouth, held a grading course for Weston Karate Club students.

Kevin has known Mervyn for more than 30 years and have become very good friends. The special high grade courses are held every six months and can be physically and mentally demanding and requiring high levels of control, skill and stamina.

The first part of the course saw Sensei Merv lead a kata deep study class which lasted one and a half hours.

The second part saw Sensei Kevin lead a class on hip rotation and sparring/fighting body movement with a partner class. This was continued for just over an hour.

This was then followed by the examination taking approximately another hour for several members.

The examination tests three sections of karate training, which are known as kihon, kata and kumite.

Karate training isn’t easy, but by training regularly it can improve an individuals confidence, concentration, co-ordination, flexibility, stamina and self defence skills.

For further information about karate, contact Kevin or Michelle by email: or telephone on 01934 624713.

Alternatively, just pop in to Hutton Moor on Mondays or Wednesdays from 6pm.

You can also visit their website westonkarateclub

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