KIRKBURTON Karate Club hosted the Northern Open Training Course for the British Institute of Karate Organisation.
All the senior instructors and members of the executive committee of the governing body attended, when the future of the organisation and the national team were discussed.
Over 50 elite exponents of differing belt standards attended and took advantage of a wealth of knowledge from the senior instructors, who were all fifth Dan and upwards.
Chief instructor Garth Waldrop paid tribute to the work of the Kirkburton club’s Colin Hanson as coach of the BIKO national team. Hanson is a national executive member and chief instructor at Kirkburton, whose students were also praised for an excellent year of achievement.
Latest on the honours board is Dave Newton, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Skelmanthorpe, who has returned to the sport after 15 years and gained his first black belt.
His children, nine-year-old Jake (blue belt) and six-year-old Charlotte (black tag), were training with the club so Dave joined in again 18 months ago. Since then he has lost six stones and now achieved black belt standard.