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Karate trio's belting effort

PUBLISHED: 15:04 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

A KARATE instructor and two of his protégées have been awarded a hat-trick of titles. Paul Herbert, 34, chief instructor of Dartford Karate Club, and pupils Tom Webber, of Hartley, and Rhiannon Davies, of Bromley, won varying black belt titles. On Satur

A KARATE instructor and two of his protégées have been awarded a hat-trick of titles.

Paul Herbert, 34, chief instructor of Dartford Karate Club, and pupils Tom Webber, of Hartley, and Rhiannon Davies, of Bromley, won varying black belt titles.

On Saturday, October 18, world renowned karate expert Dave Hazard awarded the belts after judging their performances at the club, at Darenth Community Primary School.

Mr Herbert, of Joyden's Wood Road, Bexley, was awarded fifth Dan, which is the highest level one can receive for skill alone.

He said: "Rhiannon has been with me for about three years and I've taught Tom on and off his whole life. It is a great feeling getting fifth Dan, but what really made my weekend was Tom and Rhiannon's successes. I feel they are definitely ready to try for the national team in the New Year."

After reaching black belt status, karate students are ranked by the Dan system from one to 10, with five upwards denoting general contribution to the sport.

Miss Davies, of Sidley Close, Bromley, was awarded a second Dan and Mr Webber, of Fortuna Close, Hartley, his first black belt Dan.

For more information on the club visit www.dartfordskc.co.uk.

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