Holton Shotokan rewarded for Holton Shotokan Karate Club efforts

Holton Shotokan Karate Club have presented their annual student of the year award for 2011 – which went to eight-year-old Shannon Thirtle.

Shannon joined the club just over a year ago, and during this time she has successfully passed four grading exams and now holds the rank of sixth kyu green belt.

She trains twice a week and has rarely missed a lesson – and it is due to this dedication, encouraged by supportive parents, that has enabled her to make the maximum progress possible in a year of karate training.

Shannon's father Steve said: 'Shannon loves karate, she wouldn't miss it for the world.'

The award was presented by second dan instructor James Dalley, who added: 'Shannon thoroughly deserved the award and sets the standard for all other students at the club.'

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Anyone interested in karate in the Halesworth or Norwich area can contact chief instructor, sensei Ken Bailey seventh dan, on 07932 039574.

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