HANDBRIDGE Shotokan Karate Club, which is celebrating its 41st anniversary, took part in the Karate Union of Great Britain’s (KUGB) Black and Brown Belt course.

The course attracted classes of 150 brown belts and a similar number of black belts.

Some 30 brown belts were attempting their 1st Dan Black Belt grading and around 5 First Dan Black Belts were attempting their 2nd Dan grading.

Handbridge Shotokan Karate Club had two 1st kyu brown belts attempting their black belts.

David Moss, a builder and professional plasterer who is 64, first started training in 1972 and had to give up due to work and family commmitments in 1976 as a 1st kyu. He started to train again in 2000 after a 24 year break just to keep fit.

Club instructors Mike O’Connor and Syd Fisher had been telling him for years now he should take his grade.

Dave, who is married and lives in Blacon, said: “The training at Handbridge is at such a high level that you think you’re not so good until you attend these classes.”

Chef Noel Parsons, 32, also had a break in training, having started in 1997 but then having to give up. He too came back in 2007 after a six year gap and fought to get back to fitness.