Two members of the locally-based Bu Bujin Karate Club are celebrating this week after gaining their prestigious black belts.
Alison Easton from Berwick and Adam Hughes from Coldstream both achieved the required high standard of black belt examination by the Scottish Karate Federations Dan grade panel in Edinburgh last weekend.
Reaching the required standard takes years of commitment and dedication to achieve, and both Adam and Alison, under the guidance of Bu Bujin instructors Michael Exley and Stephen Crees, have trained extremely hard to reach that standard.
“The examination is notoriously tough,” said Michael, “with only just over a 50 per cent pass rate of applicants who attempt the dan grade test.
“There are no shortcuts or fast tracks in Wado -Kai karate, due to the extremely high skill level and determination required and Adam and Alison have both shown the right attitude and commitment to succeed.
“They now join an exclusive club of 15 black belts produced in the Bu Bujin club’s history. They have really achieved something quite special, myself, Stephen and everyone associated with the club are extremely proud of them both.”
Alison becomes only the fourth female black belt in the club’s history. Having previously trained as a young girl she returned to training in 2011 juggling family and work life to train incredibly hard and focus on achieving her goal.
She was also a Berwick and District ‘Female Sports Award’ winner in 2013, Alison will now concentrate on KATA competition and teaching karate to others within the local community.
Adam, who is 27 years-old, trains at Berwick, Duns and Eyemouth.
He has dedicated himself to achieving his dream of becoming a black belt, and his hard work and determination has pushed him through to achieving his goal.
Adam also won a ‘Performance’ sports award in 2013, and will now help with the running of the club while training in the competition sport side of karate and hopes to represent his country in the future.
Anyone wishing to learn karate can go along to club nights, contact 07508042634 or visit the website at www.bubujinkarate.co.uk for further information.