Sensei Dan strikes gold

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A local martial arts instructor took the top award at the Japan Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) European Championships held on home turf in Glasgow on July 12.

Arbroath and Carnoustie karate instructor, Sensei Dan Woods, earned a gold medal at the championships.

Scotland took 16 gold medals overall, 11 silver and ten bronze.

Born in 1993, Dan joined his local karate club and applied himself diligently in classes as a youngster.

With dedication and determination, he has gone on to compete locally, nationally and internationally, representing Scotland across the world.

A multiple times association Scottish Kata Champion, he is one of Scotland’s leading competition Kata exponents.

The JSKA Karate philosophy is to improve technique as a sport, enjoy Karate practice as a means for developing a healthy body and mind and to learn self-defense as a martial art.

Dan, who a professional karate instructor at Kanzen Karate, was delighted with his medal.

He said: “It was great. I was really proud to represent the local area and Scotland.

“There are many positive values about karate including building confidence, improving your state of mind and fitness. There is no age limit - you’re never too old to start!”