Karate instructor kicks to new heights

Carrick-on-Suir Shotokan Karate Club’s instructor was awarded one of his sports top honours last week.

Carrick-on-Suir Shotokan Karate Club’s instructor was awarded one of his sports top honours last week.

Denis Hogan, pictured here in action at training at Carrick-on-Suir Foroige Hall last week, received his 6th Dan Blackbelt from the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation Ireland in the Mayfield Sports Centre in Cork on Sunday, May 6.

Denis from Toor, Kilsheelan is Sensei (teacher) of the karate clubs in karate clubs in Carrick-on-Suir, Rathgormack and Callan.

He trained for six intensive years in the hope of achieving this honour.

Sensei Kancho Kanazawa (10th Dan Blackbelt), a Japanese Sensei, presented him with the 6th Dan Blackbelt.

To achieve the belt, he had to perform a combination of intricate moves, techniques, sparring and Katas, which are self defence moves.

All parts of the examination involved high intensity performances and were extremely difficult to execute.

Denis has been teaching karate to young people and adults for most of his adult life.

The farmer is an affiliated instructor with the Irish Karate Union and Shotokan Karate International and and also teaches Tai Chi and self defence classes.

Denis’ hard work and dedication has helped him to achieve this great accomplishment and all members of his clubs congratulate him and wish him luck in the future.

Hopefully, in seven years time he will earn his seventh Dan Blackbelt.

Carrick-on-Suir Shotokan Karate Club trains at Carrick-on-Suir Foroige Hall on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.