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Karate club members get new belts


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Members of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy attended clinics and examinations in Dieppe, N.B. over the summer. ?Earning new belts were: Forrest Dawe (front, left), Carly Trumble, Logan Pitman, Matthew Murray, Derrick Gabriel, Alana MacDonald and Brittany Burke. Submitted by Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy

AMHERST - Members of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy (formerly the Amherst JKA) attended clinics and examinations in Dieppe, N.B. over the summer with guest instructor/examiner Master Yutaka Yaguchi, an eighth-degree black belt from Denver, Colorado.

Earning new belts were:

Yellow Belts - Deacon Lawr

Orange Belts - Alana MacDonald, Sydney Skinner, Lauren LeBlanc, Terri-Lynn Skinner, Ryan Greenham

Green Belts - Peter Greenham, Tyler Greenham, Matthew Murray, Ben Curry, Carly Trumble

First Purple Belts - Logan Pitman, Brittany Burke

First Brown Belt - Forrest Dawe

Second Brown Belt - Derrick Gabriel

Second Degree Black Belts (Nidan) - Ashton Hunter, Gail Gouchie

As well, Gail Gouchie earned a silver medal in senior womens kata at the 2007 nationals in Toronto during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The club is also preparing to move to its new location at 100 Spring Street, the current location of the Amherst Wesleyan Church.

Renovations will take place in November with classes moving from the YMCA in December.


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