Black belt for Bristol Karate Academy's Woodward

PUBLISHED: 09:49 10 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 December 2019

Tom Woodward shakes hands with Andy Sherry, chief instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain, after his black belt grading

Tom Woodward shakes hands with Andy Sherry, chief instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain, after his black belt grading

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Bristol Karate Academy's Tom Woodward defied injury to pass his black belt grading in Surrey.

A doctor by trade, Woodward sailed through his kata and sparring, with a stunning reverse roundhouse kick.

But he suffered a knee injury while stretching for the final part of his grading, before performing his Heian kata under the watchful eye of Andy Sherry, chairman of the Karate Union of Great Britain, and former world champion Frank Brennan.

Head coach Tim Griffiths said: "Tom has put a lot into his preparation for black belt and we're delighted to see his growth and improvement over the last year. He's made a great impression on all of the instructors with his effort and determination over 2019 and I was delighted to watch as he was rewarded for his hard work.

"Tom now needs to take a few weeks out for rest and rehabilitation to get over his knee injury, but when he comes back we're expecting to see a new confidence in his Karate. 2020 has the potential to be another fantastic year for Tom and we're looking forward to continuing to support him in his Karate journey."

See bristolkarateacademy.com for more details.

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