Vani & Sophia are a belting success

Ilkley Karate Club based at the Ben Rhydding Methodist Church gained another two new black belts to it’s ever increasing group of dan grades.

The Ilkley students Sophia Richards (14) & Vani Midgley achieved their long term ambition after successfully completing a six hour mental and physical endurance for their black belt examinations held nationally in Manchester.

Both Sophia and Vani both passed the grade of 1st degree black belt with flying colours.  They along with many others from different clubs in the UK were graded by four of the Karate Chief Instructors in England.he Ilkley women showed great confidence and concentration throughout the grading and this showed in the marks that were awarded.