A CITY karate teacher has received one of the highest honours in the sport after teaching it for 40 years.
Andy Kidby was presented with his 7th Dan black belt in recognition of his achievements and services to karate.
The presentation was made during a recent course at the Bunyan Sports Centre in Bedford and Andy was given his award by Sensei O’Reilly, who is a 5th Dan, and Sensei Slue, who is also a 5th Dan.
The ceremony was held on behalf of The Central Federation of Traditional Shotokan and the Martial Arts Standards Agency where Andy was also presented with a framed collage of memories from his karate career – put together by one of his senior students.
Andy has been teaching since 1972 and through the years has taught all five of his children.
In 1982 he set up his first club in Newport Pagnell which still thrives and has people training in it, despite the fact he has now moved to Bedford.
In 1994 he set up his own association and throughout his time in teaching the sport he has remained as an active member of the karate community helping the growth and development of a more modern and safer method of teaching.
He has worked as a foster carer for many years and believes that the skills he acquired in doing that have helped him to become the teacher he is today.
Andy said: “I firmly believe that karate should not only teach techniques, moves and defensive skills but more importantly the philosophy of karate should be encouraged.
“This is a moralistic approach to life. One of respect, truth, endeavour, restraint and tolerance.”
If anyone is interested in trying one of Andy’s classes, in Milton Keynes or Bedford, they can find out more information by calling 01234 853847 or visiting www.cfts-karate.co.uk. They take beginners as well as advanced students.