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Haverhill student achieves landmark grading at Linton martial arts club




Robert Stevenson, right, receives his Black Belt 1st Dan Grade, from Sensei Rob Courtney 3rd Dan ANL-150323-164540002
Robert Stevenson, right, receives his Black Belt 1st Dan Grade, from Sensei Rob Courtney 3rd Dan ANL-150323-164540002

Cempa Wu-Shu Martial Arts club in Linton has celebrated seeing its first student pass a black belt grading.

Robert Stevenson, 19, from Haverhill, achieved the landmark having trained under the instruction of Robert Courtney, a third Dan instructor at the club, which is based at Linton Community Sports Centre.

Stevenson, who is Courtney’s step son, has been training at the club for over seven years, and now teaches the other students.

The grading consisted of teaching the club for a full year before hand, then on the day of the grading doing the club Kata (sequences of pre-determined specialised movements according to the club syllabus) in three speeds; slow (full tension), medium (showing hand to eye coordination), and full speed (combat speed).

He then had to fight full contact for half an hour without stopping.

The club is open to anyone aged five and upwards and has a dozen students on its books but is always looking for new ones.

It meets from 7pm to 8pm on Mondays and is fully insured by the AMA.



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