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Students from Haverhill Wado Freestyle Karate Club achieve black belts





Four teenagers have gained their black belts in karate from the Haverhill Wado Freestyle Karate Club.

On Saturday, February 10, Jack, Toby, Maddie and Maya took to the mats at the Old Independent Church for their toughest martial arts challenge to date.

The six-hour grading included fitness tests, basics, Kata/ forms, kicks, punches, strikes and defending themselves from random attacks throughout the event.

Four teenagers have achieved their karate black belts in Haverhill. Picture: Submitted
Four teenagers have achieved their karate black belts in Haverhill. Picture: Submitted

The under-16 students then faced nine rounds of sparring against each other and the instructors.

Sensei Greg Malyon said: “We are all absolutely delighted to welcome four new cadet black belts to our team.

“They’ve all worked so hard to get to this point and they performed brilliantly on the day.

“The average time taken to get to this level is around five years, however, due to Covid, for these students it has been seven to eight years.

“It shows great commitment to not only the club, but also to the art.”

Anyone interested in joining the club can get in touch at hwfk@sky.com.

The club meets at the Lisa Mason School of Dance Studio in Holland’s Road on Monday between 6.15pm and 7.15pm and Wednesday between 6.15pm and 7.45pm.