First black belts hon­oured

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Many years worth of dis­ci­plined train­ing have been re­warded with black belts for five mem­bers of Kar­ratha Sho­tokan Karate Club who are also its first to re­ceive the sport’s high dis­tinc­tion.

Af­ter the club’s 10 years of op­er­a­tion, Kar­ratha club mem­bers Ed­win Ag­calao, Michael Leacy, Lee Ed­wards, Mikey Ed­wards, 12, and Tane Wann, 12, be­came the first in its his­tory to be awarded with black belts and cer­tifi­cates at a grad­ing at St Paul’s Pri­mary hall last week.

Club coach Fiona El­lis said it was a sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion for Kar­ratha karate. “It’s a his­toric mo­ment for the club,” she said.

“We’ve taught here for over 10 years and these are the first black belts that we’ve ac­tu­ally man­aged to get in the club’s his­tory.”

Mr Ag­calao, who had trained for al­most 20 years to­wards his black belt, said he hoped to use the skills he had de­vel­oped for the ben­e­fit of other stu­dents.

“For me, the black belt is the start of karate,” he said.

“Now I need to prac­tise more and help Fiona and Ian to de­velop these kids and trans­fer my skills.”

Mr Leacy said it was a huge hon­our to earn a black belt as part of a world-recog­nised karate syl­labus.

Mrs El­lis said she was es­pe­cially pleased to see five stu­dents, in­clud­ing two mem­bers of the same fam­ily, earn their black belts at once.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Sho­tokan Karate's new black belts Tane Wann, 12, Ed­win Ag­calao, Lee Ed­wards, Michael Leacy and Mikey Ed­wards, 12, with their fel­low club mem­bers.

Kar­ratha Sho­tokan Karate coaches Ian and Fiona El­lis award Michael Leacy his black belt.

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