Karate kicks in the castle

More than 250 karate students took over the historic grounds of Dudley Castle for a lively display of martial arts.

GKR Karate (Wolverhampton and Dudley), held a special two-hour training session in the courtyard of the 11th century castle last Sunday, with participants ranging in age from five to 75 years-old.

Regional Manager, Andrew Hawley, said: “We had an awesome day!

“We are lucky to have such history on our doorstop and after living in the area for nearly ten years, it was great to bring GKR Karate to the Castle.

“On behalf of our students, instructors and spectators, I would like to thank Dudley Zoo for making it such a fantastic day.”

Following the outdoor skills session, the students and their families enjoyed a day touring the 40-acre site and learning more about some of the world’s rarest animals.

Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “The courtyard was a hive of activity and certainly looked impressive as hundreds of students completed their training.

“We’ve hosted sessions for GKR Karate (Wolverhampton and Dudley), in the past and it was a pleasure to welcome them back and we’re pleased to hear the day went so well.”

For more information about the group visit @GKRKarateRegion25UnitedKingdom on Facebook, or call Andy Hawley on 07852 292306.