A Year eight student is celebrating a successful first grading after enjoying karate as a Gad’s after school activity and joining a local club.

Emma, 13, now a member of Shukokai Karate Academy, started the martial art last year and has already achieved a merit in her first grading.

Academy Chief Instructor, Sensei Katie Simpson spent time at Gad’s completing her teacher training placement last year.  A former Gad’s pupil, Katie, 31, is impressed by how quickly Emma has progressed in the sport and thrilled that she felt inspired to take it up as a hobby.

Emma did so well in the grading that she has skipped a whole grade and now looks forward to continuing to improve her technique and confidence under the guidance of Katie.

Katie is a member of the SKA England squad and is the current KSI European Ladies Individual Kata Champion.

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