First black belts honoured
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.
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.