Knox Lane karate trio toast black belt success

Harrogat eKarate Centre's black belt winning students. (S)
Harrogat eKarate Centre's black belt winning students. (S)

HARROGATE Karate Centre recently cemented their reputation when three of their students earned the right to wear the much coveted karate black belt.

Twenty-six-year-old Mathew Gunter, a senior manager with the Jack Fulton frozen food group, 14-year-old Natalie Hofman and 13-year-old Zack Leather, savoured success after impressing a panel of some of the country’s top karate examiners.

In achieving their awards they continued the karate centre’s much envied 28-year record of 100 per cent pass rate at all levels of black belt assessment.

Just two weeks into their promotion the teenagers used their new status to secure national titles at one the of country’s top karate championships.

As part of the Harrogate Karate Centre’s Centre of Excellence, Natalie just edged team-mate Olivia Conway to silver in lifting the championship title in the female 13 and 14 years senior grade kata (traditional form).

Zack did likewise in the male kata event when he also edged team-mate and fellow black belt Thomas Sanderson to silver to win his championship title by the smallest of scoring margins.

Zac and Natalie were joined on the rostrum by senior instructor and squad coach, 4th degree black belt Adam Gee, championship title winner in the adult senior shukokai kata and silver medal winner in the adult shito-ryu kata.

Other winners were Mathew McKernan, silver, male snr cadet shukokai kata; John Longstaffe, bronze, male snr shukokai kata; Robert Thompson - bronze, boys jnr cadet shukokai kata and Jamie Kerridge, bronze, boys jnr cadet shukokai kata.

For details of adult and children’s classes at the centre on Knox Lane call chief instructor Ken Gee on 01423 858474.