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Practised participants . . . JKS Shotokan Karate Timaru senior belts at the grading last weekend. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

by Helen Holt

JKS Shotokan Timaru held a grading last weekend, attended by 35 people, including four from Dunedin and Christchurch.

The grading was held at the dojo on Friday and at Ara Polytechnic on Saturday to accommodate the large number of students.

Sensei Anton van den Bergh said it was a great turnout.

“We had to use the hall at Ara to accommodate everyone.

“Timaru has become a bit of a hub for the South Island which is great to see.”

Six black belts competed in the grading, from 1st dan to 6th dan.

Young guns . . . The junior belts at the JKS Shotokan Karate Timaru at the grading last weekend.

The grading included special needs competitors.

Van den Bergh said JKS embraced differences and accommodated disabilities.

“We embrace differences. We have karate classes for wheelchair users.

“We uphold the idea that if you want to do something, you can do it.”