Youngster from Blyth passes tough tests to gain his black belt in karate at first attempt

Kokoro Shotokan Karate Club, which has bases in Blyth and Cramlington, is delighted to welcome a new black belt to the club.
Isaac after successfully passing his black belt with club instructors Sensei Dylan Gibson and Sensei Gemma Gibson.Isaac after successfully passing his black belt with club instructors Sensei Dylan Gibson and Sensei Gemma Gibson.
Isaac after successfully passing his black belt with club instructors Sensei Dylan Gibson and Sensei Gemma Gibson.

Isaac Neave, 14, from Blyth, travelled to Cowdenbeath to take his examination under the watchful eye of Sensei Frank Brennan, 8th Dan, who is the chairman of the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain).

The Dan grading is a very intense examination which consists of performing all three aspects of karate: kihon (basics), kata (set forms) and kumite (sparring) to a high level.

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Isaac passed the Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) grading on his first attempt, a fantastic achievement as the first time pass rate is low.

Club instructors Sensei Dylan Gibson, 4th Dan, and Sensei Gemma Gibson, 3rd Dan, said: “We are very proud of Isaac for passing his Shodan grading. He has been working hard towards this grading for the past year.

“Passing Shodan on the first attempt is not easy. Isaac was one of only three students to pass on their first attempt on the day of the grading in Scotland.

“He has shown a determined attitude in his training and thoroughly deserved his pass.

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“We look forward to his continued progress as a black belt.”

Kokoro Shotokan Karate Club runs classes five nights a week at the Isabella Community Centre in Blyth and Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington, and takes students from the age of five to adults.

For more information on joining the club, contact Gemma on 07587 166997 or email [email protected]