Two students from the Rising Sun School of Wado Ryu Karate Club are busy training to gain their first black belts in November.
Chris Hollings and Kyle Richardson, who both attend the Scarborough-based club, have passed all the basic moves and techniques.
Now the hard struggle comes of making all their knowledge of the basics work, from working out what the more advanced moves are and mean in kata (pre-arranged movements), to teaching other students and showing techniques to weapon defences and more.
Darrel Haigh, founder and teacher of the club, said: “These two students have shown outstanding martial art knowledge and skill from the first time they walked through the dojo (training hall) doors.
“Sempai Hollings and Sempai Richardson are two very unique students because not only do they come to the dojo to train, they also study it and very quickly realised what martial arts had to offer them and how much they could get out of it by putting all their effort in.”
He added: “Anyone can become a black belt, but for me, it takes a lot more than just been able to photocopy moves or pay for one, I would say it takes a certain kind of knowledge, patience, skill of technique and harmony within one’s self.
“For me, that makes a Dan grade (black belt). These two are very proud of what they have already accomplished and I know that there will be many more Dan gradings to come for these two, so I and the club wish them luck.”
The Rising Sun School of Wado Ryu will be celebrating its 11th year in May and can be found training every Thursday, 6.30-8.30pm, at st saviour’s church hall, in Gladstone Road.
Or you can visit, phone or e-mail on the following, www.therisingsunschool.co.uk, email@example.com or 07858 944598.