ROBIN Ford (40) has become one the highest graded Tae Kwon-do players in the area following a rigorous examination in Leeds.
Robin, who runs Lone Wolf Tae Kwon-do club in Boston, travelled up to Yorkshire to be graded by Master Cariati and two of the Leeds’ club’s top exponents of the martial art.
Master Cariati had travelled over from Canada and after a tough session awarded Robin his 6th Dan.
Robin was tested on a set amount of patterns including self defence and destruction techniques.
This award follows on from Robin’s recent success while in Alberta, Canada, when he won the ICTS (International Ch’ang Hon Tae Kwon-do) pattern division (4th grade and above), a provincial event primarily for Canadian Tae Kwon-do competitors.
The next stage for Robin is 7th dan but such is the level of skill and commitment required that could be five years away.
Robin has been taking part in martial arts since he was 15.
He achieved black belt grade in karate before making the move to Tae Kwon-do.
He has been running the Lone Wolf club for just over a year which is open to all ages and abilities, boys and girls, from aged four and upwards.
There is an in-house competition tomorrow night (Thursday) being held at the club’s Trinity Centre headquarters on Spilsby Road.
And after Christmas Robin is hoping to start taking club members to local area competitions on a monthly basis.
In summer 2011 Lone Wolf will be hosting an international competition which is recognised by ICTS.
This will be an open tournament comprising mainly British players but also a contingent from Canada who wil be accompanied by Master Cariati.
The long term plan is to get a squad together in time for the world championships which are being held in Toronto, Canada in October next year.
l Club details: www.lonewolftaekwondo.co.uk or contact Robin on 01205 820849.