Locals earn black belts

Locals earn black belts

Locals earn black belts

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

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.