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Elstree mother follows in son's footsteps to become black belt
3:19pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
Natalie Allen has followed in her son Curtis’ footsteps in becoming a black belt.
Elstree's Allen dedicated her support to her 17-year-old son Curtis in getting his black belt four years ago. She too has now made the grade and on Sunday was awarded her Shodan black belt.
The 40-year-old was so impressed by the achievements and difference karate made to Curtis she decided to take it up in 2008 and has trained with her instructor Kevin O’Sullivan at his Borehamwood class.
Allen said: “I believe the skills I have learnt both physical and psychologically help me in my day to day life outside of the Dojo.
“Karate has given a level of confidence which has allowed me to take on challenges which I may have previously rejected as unachievable.
“My senseis have been my source of inspiration and I hope to continue to learn from their extensive knowledge, I couldn’t have done it without their support.”
Allen hopes to go on and train for a further two years to obtain her second Dan. Sensei Kevin O’Sullivan teaches children’s and adult classes on Mondays and Thursdays at Kenilworth School in Borehamwood.
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