DOJO instructor and sensei Irfan Ansari achieves black belt 8th Dan

Date published: 08 July 2024

Sensei Irfan Ansari, the head instructor at The DOJO Karate Centre, has been awarded the prestigious black belt 8th Dan.

The award was confirmed by a distinguished panel of high-ranking instructors from the UK and around the world during a special black belt grading event held in Norwich in June.

Sensei Ansari expressed his gratitude to those he has mentored over the years, with special thanks to Isshaaq, Huseyn, Jacki, Maison, and Diya, whose heartfelt testimonials supported his 8th Dan award. Huseyn, in particular, played a pivotal role in organizing the evidence required by the grading panel and accompanied Sensei Ansari on the trip to Norwich.

Chris Hemstock, the UK Head of the NMACGB and organizer of the European and World Championships, presented the 8th Dan certificate and belt to Sensei Ansari.

Reflecting on this milestone, Sensei Ansari said: "To receive this award is a milestone in my life. I want to keep sharing my knowledge to build brighter kids and improve our community - this is the most satisfying aspect of my job." 

His commitment to nurturing the potential of his students remains steadfast, and he hopes to continue inspiring and elevating their martial arts performance.

Sensei Ansari's new rank makes him the highest-ranked black belt in the NMACGB and places him among the elite martial artists in the UK and Europe. His recognition by international high-ranking instructors underscores the exceptional level of expertise he brings to his teaching.

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