Dr Josh Johnson has been presented with an 8th Dan black belt for his contribution to the sport locally, nationally and internationally.
Josh runs the JJ Karate Academy in Blakenhall and other areas of Wolverhampton.
The Chairman of the Federation of English Karate Organisations, Mr Alan Carruthers 7th Dan, presented him with the honour on Sunday 21 March 2010, at the national squad training session with over 40 participations and officials in attendance.
Dr Johnson, who has been involved in karate for over 43 years, said: “I couldn’t believe the news when I found out. When I had my 7th Dan eight years ago I was so amazed because it was beyond any dreams I ever had about succeeding through karate, and now I join the ranks of the very few to hold this qualification. It is such a great honour for my family, my past and present students and me.
“I started doing karate when I was 16, learning after I finished work during the day. I keep going because of the children that we work with at the Academy. I see them come in and at first they are shy, but after a couple of months they are looking you in the face and talking back to you, due to the new confidence they have gained. That is what I enjoy and what motivates me, and what karate is all about.”
One student, Sean Merritt 5th Dan, said: ”Josh has been a constant beacon for many in karate over the years and Wolverhampton has a proud heritage and tradition in the martial arts field.”
Josh Johnson, 59, was born in Hanover, Jamaica and has lived in Wolverhampton for many years.
He is the English Karate National Coach and Chief Coach to JJ Karate Academy and the Elite Karate Association, which is affiliated to the Federation of English Karate Organisations.
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