100 karate kids at DZG

More than 100 martial arts students showcased their karate kicks in the grounds of Dudley Castle yesterday to mark the tenth anniversary of their club.

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GKR Karate UK, which runs 25 classes across the Midlands, marked the milestone celebration of their Dudley Club with students, aged between five and 80, taking part in a special two-hour morning training session in the courtyard of the 11th century castle at the heart of DZG.

Senior Regional Instructor, Daniel Eastman, said: “We have been running classes in the Dudley area for 10 years and wanted to mark the occasion with a special class training in the grounds of Dudley’s iconic landmark. It’s something the club has wanted to do for a long time and we had a fantastic morning.   “It was amazing to see so many students going through their exercises in the courtyard, which is such a fabulous setting.”  

DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “The students took over the whole courtyard for a massive martial arts training session which saw 112 club members practising their skills. It was impressive to see such a wide age group all completing their exercises as one.”

Following training students and their families enjoyed a picnic before touring the 40-acre site to see their favourite species. The organisation was founded 29 years ago in Australia.

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Senior Regional Instructor, Daniel Eastman, and members of GKR Karate UK celebrate the tenth anniversary of their club with a mammoth training session for 112 students in the courtyard of Dudley Castle, at the heart of DZG.