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Special Grading - 22nd May 2009

Siobhan Green being presented with her Black Belt by Sensei's Sherry, Poynton and Brennan

Photo: Frank Brennan, Derek Green, Andy Sherry, Bob Poynton, and George Morrison with Siobhan and Abi.

Siobhan Green, Dan Grading, 22 May 2009

A special shodan grading was recently held for Siobhan Green of Kirkby Karate Club.

Siobhan suffers from a rare illness and is currently wheelchair-bound. Assisted by her father Derek, special friend Abi Halligan and club instructor George Morrison, she has worked on a tailor-made syllabus towards her grading.

Using this syllabus, consisting of modified Kihon, Kata and Kumite, she successfully passed her Shodan examination under Senseis Sherry, Poynton and Brennan at the Greenbank Academy in the presence of her club instructors, her family, and friend Abi, who partnered her for the Kumite.

The Senseis were highly impressed with Siobhan's attitude, which was exemplary.

She was presented with her Black Belt during the finals of the Liverpool Youth Championships on the 30 May and received a standing ovation from the spectators, competitors and officials.

Her spirit and determination are an inspiration to us all and we wish her all the best in her fight back to good health.

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