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Locals earn black belts

Three locals have worked hard to achieve high ranking black belt status
Locals earn black belts

Three Port Hardy residents have qualified as third-degree black belts.

Bettina Knopp, Robert Wright and Ken Knopp travelled to Vancouver to participate in a karate seminar from July 2-5.

On July 5 at the end of the seminar, the three tested in front of Master Yaguchi and all passed to become third-degree black belts.

Sensei Ivan DeToro of Bushido Shotokan Karate-do says that “it’s a great achievement” and that Port Hardy is lucky to have these three highly qualified individuals.

DeToro also says that the three-all more than 50 years of age-were training consistently leading up the challenging exam.