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Newark Shotokan Karate student Amelia Gustard achieved her coveted black belt at the K2 sports facility in Crawley through the Japanese Karate Association





Newark Shotokan Karate Club celebrated the latest addition to its black belt ranks.

Amelia Gustard pictured with sensei Shaun Cassidy, achieved the feat at the Japanese Karate Association winter course at the K2 sports facility in Crawley.

Gustard started training in karate when she was six-years-old and is now 12.

Amelia Gustard with Sensei Shaun Cassidy. Image: Newark Shotokan Karate Club.
Amelia Gustard with Sensei Shaun Cassidy. Image: Newark Shotokan Karate Club.

She is now proudly able to say that she has passed her Sho Dan and achieved her first dan black belt.

"Embarking on the journey of karate is a profound choice, but the path to Shodan is a testament to dedication and resilience," said sensei Chris Walsh.

"Many enter the dojo, each with a unique story and motivation. However, only a select few navigate the challenges, endure the training, and emerge as Shodan achievers.

"Shodan isn't just a black belt, it's a symbol of commitment, perseverance, and mastery.”



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