Troskie’s success shows hard work pays off

PUBLISHED: 09:18 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:18 30 October 2015

Devon Troskie.

Devon Troskie.


Backwell Karate member Devon Troskie has achieved the rank of third dan at an advanced level grading examination.

Thirty four years after taking up karate as a child, Devon Troskie has achieved the rank of third dan at an advanced level grading examination held at the University of Bath Sports Village.

To explain the achievement to those not familiar with the martial art ranking system, this is the third level of black belt, a relatively rare rank amongst the 50 million worldwide karate practitioners.

Troskie started training in 1981 in his native South Africa when his father said he was a little ‘wet behind the ears’. He soon overcame this, winning regional championships and silver at the SA JKA National Championships as a junior.

Now an instructor at Backwell Karate, he has taken his karate up a gear again, continuing his competitive success, with more regional and national medals.

Chief instructor Tim Griffiths said: “Devon stands out as an honest, hard working traditional karate man and is a huge asset to the club. This epitomises what we stand for at the club.”

Alongside his own training, Devon leads the ‘Bushido Warriors’ children’s karate programme for kids aged five to seven, where the hard work of all the children there may be the start of the new success story in years to come.

Backwell Karate is currently accepting new members from age five upwards. For more information, visit

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