Veteran House hailed after passing second dan grading – 30 years after black belt

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 April 2019

Paul House celebrates getting his second dan

Paul House celebrates getting his second dan


Bristol Karate Academy’s Paul House was celebrating after passing his second dan examination in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The grading took place after a 90-minute seminar with UK Karate pioneer Sensei Andy Sherry and former all-styles World Championship winning team captain Sensei Billy Higgins.

House had to demonstrate his understanding of the karate fundamentals, his chosen kata and show his kumite sparring skills.

And he made some notable attacks and one well-timed head punch to seal the deal as far as the examiners were concerned.

On hearing the result, he was visibly relieved and delighted, after so many years of work.

House trained with Sensei Brian Gideon in Backwell in the late 1980s and passed his black belt in 1989 under the SEKU Association.

After a period out of training, he reteurned to karate in December 2014 alongside two of his children, who are brown belts.

And since 2018 House has really stepped up his training to prepare for the leap to second dan, rebuilding his technique and improving the fluidity of his movements, enhancing use of the hip and transforming the way he performs in free kumite.

These have been critical moves to help his achieve his goal, 30 years after passing his black belt, and chief instructor Tim Griffiths said: “Paul’s achievement sets a great example to anyone that has taken a break from sport or karate and is thinking of returning.

“Set your goal and make sure that whatever you do, you stick to it.”

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