Jim and Annette double dan success

PUBLISHED: 14:17 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:18 19 April 2017

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


Two Backwell Karate members, Jim Mateer and Annette Connell, both passed their 2nd Dan black belt examination in Paignton.

Backwell Karate black belts, Jim Mateer and Annette Connell, took the step up to 2nd Dan after passing their grading examination in Paignton.

The Backwell duo were taking part in a week-long training course with hundreds of other karate practitioners from across the country with some of the most senior karate instructors that this country has turned out, including British, world and European champions.

Their grading took place at the end of an intense week, under the first-ever European karate champion, Sensei Andy Sherry, and four-time European Shotokan Grand Champion, Sensei Frank Brennan.

Jim and Annette were assessed for their understanding of karate fundamentals, kumite (sparring) and kata and demonstrated to Senseis Sherry and Brennan they were worthy of their rank upgrade. Their success was culmination of almost three years of training to get ready for the big day.

Annette, who now joins her husband and son as a 2nd Dan, said: “When I passed my 1st Dan, my mindset was that I was grateful to be a black belt and I would go no higher, more so due to my lack of self-confidence.

“What I had not accounted for was the help and support that our club gives. If you have a goal then it becomes everyone’s goal, all you have to do is put time and effort in.

“Gaining my 2nd Dan would have not have been possible on my own. It is the power of the team that makes dreams possible.”

Jim, who also passed his tournament judging qualification last year, added: “We wouldn not have achieved this without the support of our club members and instructors. Many thanks for your time, patience and belief.”

Backwell Karate has a limited number of new starter spaces for men and women of all ages during April and May. If you’d like to see what you can be capable of, visit backwellkarate.org to find out more.

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