Thomas awarded 1st Dan

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Thomas Bocking has been awarded the rank of Shodan 1st Dan after passing a recent grading examination with Long Melford Wado Kyu Karate Club.

He has trained at the club for three-and-a-half years and entered many under-16 competitions, taking a number of gold, silver and bronze medals in both kumite and kata.

Other special mentions from the quarterly grading on December 19 go to: Josy Frost (first class pass to 2nd Kyu brown belt), Mathew Bocking, Fred Barber (green belt 6th kyu), Toby Bullock (9th kyu red belt), Mathew Duke and Sean Poore (4th kyu purple belt).