First black belts awarded

SUCCESS: Students of Peterhead's Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate Club with co-instructors, Sensei Mark Donaghy and Libby Donaghy
SUCCESS: Students of Peterhead's Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate Club with co-instructors, Sensei Mark Donaghy and Libby Donaghy

Four local students have been awarded black belts by a new karate organistation.

The Shotokan Karate-do International Federation Scotland, was inaugurated on October 1 this year under the authority of the headquarters of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in Tokyo (SKIF).

The Federation is the largest single-style karate organisation in the world and has over two million members.

For many years the clubs teaching SKIF karate in Scotland have been administered by a UK-wide federation, but in recognition of the high standards of teaching and the dedication of the senior instructors, the new organisation places Scottish clubs under the direct jurisdiction of the world governing body of the organisation in Japan.

This means that the high standards of the clubs will be further enhanced by frequent visits by internationally renowned instructors from the headquarters in Tokyo.

The first black belt examination of the SKIF-Scotland was held by the Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate Club at the Community Centre in Peterhead on Saturday, October 20.

Students were graded jointly by co-instructors of the Shi-Gaku-Kan, Sensei Mark Donaghy, 6th Dan, who is also chief instructor of SKIF-Scotland, and Libby Donaghy, 4th Dan, who is a member of the Executive Committee of SKIF-Scotland.

The four successful students who were awarded black belts are Donna McCalman, 2nd Dan; Shona Kemp, 1st Dan; David Beats, 1st Dan and Mark Horne, 1st Dan.

People of all ages and degrees of fitness can enjoy and benefit from karate.

The oldest member of the Shi-Gaku-Kan is aged over 70 while the youngest member is only five years old.