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Press cutting from February 1979
Sensei Tomita at the Queensway Club grading
Caption: Debbie Grey and Roger Ayres prepare to start their grading programme under the expert eye of Sensei Tomita
Headline: Lucky thirteen
Text: THIRTEEN proved a lucky number for 21 members of the Queensway Shotokan Karate Club.
For in the club's 13th grading session since their inception in January 1974, 21 Students were considered.
And all were accepted. The latest successful entries brought the total of grades awarded to 596 - ranging from 9th kyu or White belt to 1st kyu (brown and white belt.) As their name implies the Queensway club practises the Shotokan form of karate and are members of the Karate Union of Great Britain— the sport's largest Organisation outside Japan. The club was tounded at Queensway Hall Wellingborough by second Dan Mike Grey, who runs sessions at Wellingborough on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Corby on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He is assisted by three other first Dans. all of whom started with the club as beginners. Judging Oueensway's latest grading session was One of the Karate Union of Great Britain's three resident Japanese instructors — fifth Dan Sensei Tomita. Queensway were originally hoping for the services of the Chief instructor of Great Britain and Europe, eighth Dan Master Enoeda, the comer all Japan and World Champion who has been resident in this country since 1967. Enoeda, however. was unable to attend. although he would surely have been impressed by the progress of the Queensway students on show. Perhaps some of them will one day enjoy the success of the British team of two years ago which, under the guidance of Enoeda, grabbed the title and became, in the process, the only national selection ever to defeat Japan. Queensway encourage new members and anyone interested in joining should contact Mr Grey...