Three Laurieton athletes from Mid North Coast Karate have have black belt status

KARATE: Sempai Jade Hilton, Shihan Peter Becroft, Sempai Jay Iveli and Sempai Patrick Fisher on the day.
KARATE: Sempai Jade Hilton, Shihan Peter Becroft, Sempai Jay Iveli and Sempai Patrick Fisher on the day.

Three Students from Mid North Coast Karate located at Kew, recently travelled to Sydney to join other students in attempting their Black Belt Grading. Students Jay Iveli and Patrick Fisher successfully achieved their Shodan-Ho Black Belt whilst Sempai Jade Hilton successfully achieved her Shodan (1st Dan) Black Belt.

A Black Belt Grading is a test of knowledge, endurance, spirit and character. The three students had to demonstrate their knowledge of Basics, Applications of Basics, Kata (forms), Sparring and Self Defence. This test takes place over a 2 day period.

The three students train under the instruction of 6th Dan Shihan Peter Becroft. Shihan Peter has over 40 years experience in Martial Arts and has been teaching Karate in the Camden Haven for over 20 years.

"I am so proud of Sempai Jay, Patrick and Jade. This is a fantastic achievement for each of them and is the result of years of hard work, commitment and dedication." said Shihan Peter. "The students were well supported at the grading with a large contingent of fellow students and family members also travelling to Sydney to support the graders".

CELEBRATE: Shihan Peter Becroft, Sempai Jay Iveli, Sempai Jade Hilton and Sempai Patrick Fisher after the grading.

CELEBRATE: Shihan Peter Becroft, Sempai Jay Iveli, Sempai Jade Hilton and Sempai Patrick Fisher after the grading.

The celebration of their achievements continued when they arrived home with a presentation evening being held. The graders were able to showcase their Grading Kata's and Grading Demonstration to the rest of the club.

Mid North Coast Karate is part of the Goshin-Ryu Karate Association. Goshin-Ryu is one of Australia's oldest and largest Karate Clubs which is run by 9th Dan Kancho Dr Richard Bradford.

Martial art training enhances strength, co-ordination, stamina and flexibility. It can also improve self-confidence, self-awareness, self-discipline and focus. Most importantly Karate is fun!

Martial Arts is a very personal journey. It encourages you to push yourself and achieve more than what you once thought was possible. "Martial Arts is about being better than you were the day before. It's about you giving your best everyday and being the best version of yourself. Through this continuous improvement, growth follows. This is evident with the development and achievements shown by Sempai's Jay, Patrick and Jade." said Shihan Peter.

FAMILY: The group of students who traveled to support the three graders.

FAMILY: The group of students who traveled to support the three graders.

Mid North Coast Karate is a full time fully equipped Martial Arts Centre located at Kew. Mid North Coast Karate is a family orientated club with classes available from age 3 to mature adults and for all abilities.

For 2020 class timetables and enquiries, contact Shihan Peter Becroft on 0418 473 148 or via email midnorthcoastkarate@hotmail.com.

Classes for 2020 begin on Monday January 6.