Super six make the grade for black belts

CKA black belts Alex Bantick, Damian Parmenter, Sarita Murray, Christopher Pringle, Ayushi Mahesh and Tanmay Mahesh
CKA black belts Alex Bantick, Damian Parmenter, Sarita Murray, Christopher Pringle, Ayushi Mahesh and Tanmay Mahesh
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Six members of the Chiltern Karate Association (CKA) are celebrating after achieving their black belts.

CKA has classes in Aylesbury and normally only get around three black belts a year.

But this year is one for the record books after Alex Bantick reached his second dan, with five others reaching first dan including Damian Parmenter, Sarita Murray, Christopher Pringle, Ayushi Mahesh and Tanmay Mahesh.

“This is a rare occasion to have so many grading at this level at one time, normally we see about two to three reaching the coveted black belt in an average year,” said Michael Thornton, one of the instructors present on Sunday.

“They have all trained very hard and consistently to get to this level, many students drop out along the way.”

It takes a minimum of four to five years of regular training to be able to grade to black belt. The club practises a traditional Japanese style of karate called Shotokan karate. It originated on the island of Okinawa, after weapons were outlawed and the locals had to develop a way to defend themselves with their bare hands and feet .

The CKA is now in its 20th year and is still going strong. As well as Aylesbury, there is training available most nights of the week in Amersham, Chesham, Chalfont and Holmer Green.

The club’s motto is “karate for all” and is available to all ages from 8 to 80. For more infor email ethwaites@chilternkarate.co.uk