All ages show off their full colours in karate

Three generations of members from Nick Binder's Shotokan Karate Club win new belts
Three generations of members from Nick Binder's Shotokan Karate Club win new belts
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Orange belt, red belt, yellow belt, all the way up to black belt – three generations of karate club members have received new belts at a special grading event.

More than 160 members of Nick Binder’s Shotokan Karate Club were examined for new grading this month.

They included a 62-year-old grandmother and a four-year-old boy.

Burton Latimer Parish Councillor Jan Smith was graded along with her eight-year-old son Rhys.

Cllr Smith, 46, was given an orange belt while her son received a red belt.

She said: “Karate is a great way of keeping fit and meeting new people.

“There are all ages who take part, from people in their 60s down to youngsters aged just four.”

The karate club has more than 200 members and meets in Burton Latimer, Corby and Kettering.

Karate has 10 belts with grading starting at orange and ending with black.

Cllr Smith said: “I’d recommend more people take part – it is suitable for people of all abilities.”

Anyone who wants to join the club can call Mr Binder on 07720 430798.