Black belt Wallace awarded fourth dan

Wallace, right, proudly wearing his new belt alongside Shihan Iain Rodger, who presented the belt on behalf of the IKKU.

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Sensei Wallace Simpson of the Lochgilphead Kyokushinkai Karate club was awarded his fourth dan black belt on May 30.

His new grade comes four years after Wallace attained third dan.

Shihan Iain Rodger of Lochgilphead Kyokushinkai Karate Club said: ‘Belts of this grade are hard to come by and require many years of hard practise and many years of teaching.’

The award comes from the executive committee of the Independent Kyokushin Karate Union (IKKU) and was presented by Iain, as the country representative.

Iain added: ‘Wallace was shocked and surprised by the award, which I was very proud to present.’