Oliver packs a punch to achieve karate black belt

Oliver Goodchild (centre)
Oliver Goodchild (centre)

Oliver Goodchild has achieved a Black Belt 1st Dan in Karate Jutsu Kai at the age of 13 after a summer camp in Denmark.

In achieving 1st Dan, the club believe Ollie is the youngest of this grade within the organisation.

He is one of three students from the Eastbourne and Hailsham Karate Jutsu Kai club who travelled to the annual camp in Denmark, where he was able to earn his Black Belt 1st Dan.

After joining the club in September 2004, Ollie started competing in the society’s tournaments in 2008 at local, national and international level.

He has amassed an impressive 24 tournament medals, including 11 titles as well as the ‘spirited fighter’ award.

Ollie trains three times a week under the tutorage of Shihan Cliff Bolt (5th Dan) and travelled to Denmark alongside fellow students Amy Morley and Adam Hopkins for a week of intensive training with chief instructor Bernard Creton (9th Dan).

During the grading, which tests fitness, technique and combat, Ollie had to endure a series of 20 fights in quick succession in order to pass the assessment, which he did with flying colours.

He will be awarded the title of ‘sempai’ (assistant teacher) and will be expected to take on a more formal leadership role within the dojo, leading by example from the front row and constantly encouraging junior students while, at the same time, re-affirming his own commitment and seeking to expand the limits of his own horizon.

Anyone wishing to find out more information can contact the club on 01323 488955 or email eastbournekjk@gmail.com , website www.karatejutsukai.com/eastbourne.

PICTURED: Oliver Goodchild (centre) celebrates his 1st Dan black belt