Cunningham and Vincent make karate progress

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Two students from Havant dojo are celebrating grading success.

Highly-rated talent Alfie Cunningham, 13, who will link up with the England squad in November, earned his 2nd dan jka black belt.

Andy Vincent, 47, picked up his 1st dan jka black belt.

The duo were instructed by four top Japanese masters at Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

They each excelled in kata and kumite.

Cunningham showed off his skills in a great fight against a 25-year-old female Japanese opponent.

He joins the England squad to go to Norway for training and competition at the end of next month.

Steve Fife, 2nd dan jka instructor at Havant dojo, is hoping Cunningham can make his mark on the international scene.

He said: ‘If Alfie does well it will put him in contention to represent England at the European Championships held in Belgium, in June, and the worlds, in Japan, in September 2014.’

Both Vincent and Cunningham will be representing Havant dojo in the 10th anniversary cup at the K2 in crawley next month.

Fife said: ‘I’m very pleased Andy got his black belt.

‘He has trained very hard and has attended courses to improve his karate.

‘I’m so proud for Alfie to achieve 2nd dan at the young age of 13.

‘This is a testimony to his dedication to his karate training.’

Havant Karate Club train on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Havant Academy.

Call 07884 255403 for more information.