Published: October 18, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea karate enthusiast high kicks his way to black belt

A Burnham-On-Sea karate enthusiast has high-kicked his way to achieve the status of 4th Dan Black Belt.

Matt Smith, 25, from Burnham and Highbridge Karate Club, took the test for his 4th Dan Black Belt in front of a panel of 7th Dan Black Belts at King Alfred Sports Centre over the past few days.

"His exam consisted of a theory paper, which he passed with a 99% mark, followed by a physical grading of his skills in the martial art of Wado-ryu Karate," a club spokesman told

"The perspiration and intense training paid off because he passed with flying colours."

"Thanks go to Andy Constance, 1st Dan Black Belt, who assisted Matt in his grading and admirably took some punishment!"

Matt has been training since he was five years-old and has had to wait until he reached his 25th birthday to be eligible to attempt this higher grade.

During his karate career he has competed at national and international events and was also offered the opportunity to compete in Japan.

Members of Burnham & Highbridge Karate Club train at King Alfred Sports Centre and anyone interested in joining the organisation, which is the longest-established martial arts club in the area, should call 07971 679455.

Pictured: Matt holding his certificates after achieving his 4th Dan Black Belt


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