Karate Kid Holly achieves black belt

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A SCHOOLGIRL who took up karate just over three years ago has received one of the sport’s highest honours proving she is chop of the class.

Holly Sherwood was awarded a first dan black belt at a grading last month - and she’s only 10-years-old.

The ‘karate kid’ got involved in the martial art through her school, Lairdsland Primary, around three and a half years ago.

And since then she has not looked back, working her way through each of the grades until she received the top honour with the Glasgow Karate Academy.

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Holly trains in the Shotokan style of karate at the academy three to fours hours a week at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, and she regularly competes in competitions.

Her proud mum and dad, Sandra and David, are delighted with their daughter’s sporting success.

Sandra said: “I believe she is the youngest female at the club to achieve this. We are very proud of her.”

Holly said: “I like karate because it is fun.”

Holly and her parents want to thank sensei Ben Fail for helping her achieve her first dan black belt.

The talented youngster hopes to continue her training and add even more dans to her belt.