The Budo Martial Arts Centre, Kilkenny, which is home to karate students from all over the county, held a grading (belt test) recently.
The Kilkenny club, which has its main base in the Watershed Sports Complex, is growing and getting stronger and stronger as each year passes. Over 80 students graded in front of Chief Instructor and 4th Dan karate black belt, Kevin Shortall.
All karate students were put through their paces by Sensei Kevin Shortall during the one hour technical seminar which was held before the belt test.
For the exam all students had to demonstrate a mixture of karate techniques, partner work and kata (pre-arranged movements). All students had been training very hard, sometimes up to three times per week over the last couple of months in preparation for the exam.
The clubs classes are back in full swing after the Christmas break. There are classes available for children, teenagers, adults and families.
A full class timetable can be seen by visiting www.budomartialartscentre.com or acquired by calling 086 3668669.
The club which is made up of martial-arts students of all ages has recently enjoyed a visit from a reigning World karate champion and is looking forward to the visit of some of the World’s top karate exponents who will visit the club direct from Japan shortly.