Lewis earns a black belt

PUBLISHED: 09:24 25 May 2012

Nine-year-old Lewis Byrne earned his black belt at a recent grading in Crawley.

LEWIS Byrne enjoyed success at the annual JKA (Japan Karate Association’s) English Spring International course at the K2 sports complex in Crawley.

After several days of tuition from world famous instructors such as Tsuyama, Osaka, Hirayama and JKA England’s resident instructor Ohta sensei, Lewis lined up with the other students from all over Europe to begin the test for Shodan (black belt).

Several hours later, Ohta Sensei called his name and announced, “pass shodan!”. It may have been a short announcement but it carried a tremendous message.

After three and a half years of dedication, nine-year-old Lewis was judged to be good enough to wear the coveted black belt, the first for JKA Weston.

The JKA are the most authoritative and the largest karate organisation in the world. As a result Lewis’ achievement is a truly internationally recognised grade.

JKA Weston train on Fridays and Sundays at Priory School. For more information, email jka.westonsupermare@gmail.com or visit www.jka-weston-super-mare.org

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