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Black Belt Success

An ambition has been realised by a Year 10 student who achieved his black belt in karate.

Michael Steele started attending karate classes two years ago and goes three or four times a week to the Rokakai club in Kettering and Corby.

To be awarded his black belt, he had to perform a sequence of moves and demonstrate his fighting abilities in front of a panel of judges.

Michael said: "It's something I'd been working towards for a while and I was really happy to get it. "Karate has really boosted my confidence and I've made lots of friends outside of school.

"I just enjoy going."

Michael takes part in local competitions and has also competed in Manchester and Birmingham.

Now he is eyeing the next goal - achieving the Dan rank as a senior when he turns 16.