Graham Buckley and John Phelps, instructors with Norfolk Wado-ryu Karate Club, have now graded to 5th Dan.
They travelled to Shropshire for the annual training weekend with Kazoku-kai Karate association. It started at 9.30am with a rigorous warm up and then basic techniques. Then came more studies before the grading started at 4.30pm.
After demonstrating kata skills, knowledge, attacking and defence techniques the duo were awarded with their 5th Dans.
They said: “It has taken us twenty years to get to such a high level and we believe we are the highest ranking Wado instructors in the area. It also seems that we are the only Wado-ryu club in Norfolk.”
The club trains at Fakenham Junior School every Tuesday and has been established in the area since 1988, teaching traditional karate to juniors (8 years to 15) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, and adults (16 years and over) from 7.30 to 9pm. Come along to a lesson, or contact Graham on 07766118236.