Second dan black belt awarded to Luke

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Whitby Shotokan Karate Club invited Sensei George Coates to present the 2nd Dan Black Belt certificate to Sensei Luke Richardson.

Sensei Coates is the Chief Instructor of the Independent Federation of Martial Arts and also a big fan of Whitby town. He spends most weekends in his caravan overlooking Whitby Abbey.

Luke started his karate training at the age of seven years old in 1998.

He took his first karate grade to white belt 1st tag in March 1999.

Luke gained his Black Belt in the club in April 2012 from Sensei Coates and his 2nd Dan award in November last year.

The second Dan black belt grading is very difficult and strenuous, and lasts for 3 hours plus non-stop rapid hands-on karate, testing the stamina as well as practical knowledge of the art.

Whitby Shotokan Karate Club practises the original Shotokan karate which was introduced to Japan from the Island of Okinawa By Master Gichin Funakoshi.

It remained a secret art until 1922.

The club is registered with the Independent Federation of Martial Arts,

All the instructors are qualified Black Belt Senseis and registered with the federation.

The club trains twice weekly at Airy Hill Primary School, Monday and Friday - novices 5.30pm to 6.30pm, intermediate 6.30pm to 7.30pm and advanced 7.30pm to 9pm.

For further information call Jim White 01947 820378 or Mike Howard 01947 604861, or you can