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Shock announcement of karate instructor O'Sullivan's fifth Dan award
3:23pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
Karate instructor Kevin O’Sullivan was completely shocked by the surprise announcement of his fifth Dan award.
The 50-year-old from Borehamwood was presented with his award by his senior sensei (sixth Dan) Ron Charran.
The announcement was made during the Tigers Grading held at Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans on Sunday.
O’Sullivan has been running Tigers Shotokan Karate at Kenilworth School in Borehamwood since 2000 and teaches children and adults in the traditional form of Shotokan Karate. He is well known in the community both in Borehamwood and St Albans where he teaches and trains.
O’Sullivan was also approached by Borehamwood Firefighter and Station Officer Bob Williams to coach kids aged from eight to 15 in ‘Box Cleva’ – non-contact boxing skills, to help local youngsters in the community and keep them off the streets.
He said: “I enjoy coaching and the biggest reward is seeing the transformation in my students with low self-esteem in becoming confident and responsible young adults.”
O’Sullivan will now have to train and teach for at least six years before thinking about his sixth Dan. Tigers have classes in St Albans, Borehamwood, Bushey and Park Street.
If you would like to train with the club contact O’Sullivan on 07729 393826 or visit the website www.tigers-shotokan.org.uk.
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