Many congratulations to Justin Newman and Mandy Pugh who passed their Second Dan Black Belts today. Justin and Mandy travelled to Abingdon, Oxfordshire alongside a number of other Club members for the first KUGB Black & Brown Training and Dan Grading for 2018 in the Southern Region.
Justin and Mandy had been busy preparing for the Grading since Autumn 2017 to make sure they were ready both physically and mentally for the tough examination. On the day both were outstanding as they were assessed under the watchful eyes of examiners Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Bob Poynton (8th Dan).
Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan) went along to support the duo and was very impressed by both their martial spirit and attitude. He said "to reach this level takes a lot of dedication and hard work so well done".