Don’t mess with these Lesmahagow black belts!

Kihonkai Karate Academy, Lesmahagow, Black Belt 1st and 2nd Dan recipients L-R John Gordon (12), Kirsty Haddow (15), Ross MacLeod (11), Richard Morgan (14) 2nd Dan, and Keiran Todd (10)'Lesmahagow High School'11/2/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison
Kihonkai Karate Academy, Lesmahagow, Black Belt 1st and 2nd Dan recipients L-R John Gordon (12), Kirsty Haddow (15), Ross MacLeod (11), Richard Morgan (14) 2nd Dan, and Keiran Todd (10)'Lesmahagow High School'11/2/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison
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MARTIAL arts aces at Kihonkai Karate Academy, which meets twice a week at Lesmahagow High School, have been going black belt crazy!

No fewer than four Kihonkai youngsters – who are trained by Fifth Dan Steve Mason – succeeded in passing the coveted Karate Black Belt 1st Dan, under examiner Mike McCusker 6th Dan at a recent event in Glasgow.

Local kids John Gordon (12), of Lesmahagow High, Ross Macleod (11), Blackwood Primary and Kieran Todd (10), of Douglas Primary, joined Motherwell 15-year-old Kirsty Haddow in gaining black belts on one special weekend for the Academy.

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