Nailsea & Backwell Karate instructor Chris Denny is celebrating after passing his third dan (level) black belt over the weekend, at a special course held in Bath.
Having started Karate in 1986 at the age of 10, Chris has a wealth of experience, but his most recent rank examination has been something he has been aiming at for longer than he expected. His grading date was pushed back a year due to a broken toe sustained during an intensive pre-grading advanced kumite (fighting) session. This time — with no such injuries to slow him down — he passed under the auspices of the Karate Union of Great Britain's chief instructor, Sensei Andy Sherry, himself a 9th Dan.
Sensei Denny's success is the latest in a series of excellent results for members of the Nailsea and Backwell Karate clubs, with Chris' being the sixth black belt promotion of the year. Chief Instructor at Backwell Karate, Tim Griffiths said, "Everyone at the club is delighted at Sensei Denny's promotion, which is truly well-deserved. It's fantastic to see that our instructors are acknowledged as being at such a high level, which naturally then benefits everyone else at the club too."
Nailsea and Backwell Karate clubs are currently accepting new starters from age 7 upwards. For more information visit backwellkarate.org or nailseakarate.com