Shobukan Martial Arts hands out first ever black belts

Taylor Reilly and Laura Golding.
Taylor Reilly and Laura Golding.

NOLLAMARA-based Shobukan Martial Arts awarded its black belts to two karate athletes for the first time in its seven-year history last month .

Laura Golding (17) and Nollamara resident Taylor Reilly (28) were the first to receive a first Dan black belt at the dojo.

Reilly said it was a long process and came with difficulties.

“We got graded in December and then there was a bit of a process during the few months in between deliberation,” she said.

“There are a few brown belts coming through now which they probably be graded at the end of next year.

“There are definitely a few up and coming that are keen to achieve a black belt.”

Reilly said she and Golding served as junior coaches at the club.

Golding, the daughter of head instructor Mark Golding, said she was proud to have followed her father’s footsteps.

“I started when I was about six and I have been doing it since,” she said.

“It feels sometimes a little surreal because it is pretty hard to do the processes and long training sessions.”

Golding said with karate being recently included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she hoped represent Australia one day.

The duo said they will be taking part in the West Australian Karate League’s Perth Open tournament in May.

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