Dan earns third dan at Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 15:11 12 October 2016

Ashley Hall.

Ashley Hall.

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Ashley Hall worked extremely hard to earn a third dan at Nailsea & Backwell Karate.

Nailsea & Backwell Karate member Ashley Hall put in a brilliant performance to pass his third dan (level) black belt at a special course held in Bath.

Ashley, who studies biochemistry at the University of Bristol, was put through his paces by the Karate Union of Great Britain’s chief instructor Sensei Andy Sherry, himself a 9th Dan, where he was tested for his abilities in karate fundamentals, kumite (fighting) and kata (set sequences).

Ashley started training at Backwell Karate in 2013, when he started his university studies, joining from Tamworth SKC, where he continues to train outside of term time.

Since joining Backwell Karate, Ashley has made a big impact in both regional and national competitions, having become KUGB Southern Region champion in junior kumite, team kumite and team kata.

He has also become WTKO Irish team kata champion and team kata silver medallist at the JKS England National Championships.

Ashley’s achievement is certainly significant. Not many people achieve the rank of 3rd dan, in fact he is only the fourth person to do so in Backwell Karate’s 38-year history.

Club instructor Tim Griffiths said: “To become a 3rd dan takes a huge amount of skill, effort and hard work. All the instructors at the club have been proud to see Ashley develop since he joined us and he thoroughly deserves this new rank.

“Not only has he become a valued member of the club, but he’s also a regular fixture in our championship winning team. We hope that Ashley’s efforts inspire some of our upcoming black belt candidates to dream big and work as hard as he has.”

Backwell Karate and its sister club Nailsea Karate, currently have a limited number of spaces available for new starters from November onwards. For more information, visit backwellkarate.org

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